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Editors

Also called: Editor, Managing Editor, Newspaper Copy Editor, Sports Editor

What they do:
Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare, rewrite and edit copy to improve readability, or supervise others who do this work.
  • Verify facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
  • Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Communications
  • multimedia
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • writing things for co-workers or customers
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • come up with lots of ideas
  • create new and original ideas
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Innovation
  • Achievement/Effort

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Word processing software
  • AutoCrit Editing Wizard
  • Editor Software Stylewriter
Web page creation and editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Facebook
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$54,150
per year, on average
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