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

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

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.


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


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


  • 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


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


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

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