Career Overview

Editors review, evaluate. and edit manuscripts, articles, news reports and other material for publication, broadcast or interactive media. In addition, they co-ordinate the activities of writers, journalists and other staff.


A four-year bachelor's degree in English, French, journalism, communications, or a related area is usually required to obtain this position.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$29,000 /yr
$65,000 /yr
$81,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Journalism
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • History
Work Environment

Many editors work for newspaper, periodical, or book publishers. Others may work for scientific or educational services. Most work in offices, but a growing number are working from home. At times, this work can be stressful because of strict deadlines.

Future Outlook

In general, there will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location. Technical writing, blogging, and other writing for interactive media that provide readers with nearly real-time information will provide opportunities for writers. Print magazines and other periodicals increasingly are developing market niches, appealing to readers with special interests, and making Internet-only content available on their websites. Businesses and organizations are developing newsletters and websites, and more companies are publishing materials directly for the Internet. Online publications and services are growing in number and sophistication, spurring the demand for writers and editors, especially those with Web experience.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada