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Beauty Editor Job Description

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A beauty editor is a media professional. They are usually journalists who are responsible for creating content about products, procedures, services and advancements within the beauty and skin care industry. Though they are employed within a variety of mediums, they are often found working in the magazine and print publishing sector.

Job Responsibilities

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A beauty editor writes articles and reviews on skin care and beauty products, procedures and services. They do so in an informative, interesting and sometimes entertaining way. They are sometimes responsible for selecting the products they review, and must read about trends and advancements within the industry. Beauty editors sometimes work with marketing departments to assist in the promotion of products. They may also edit the copy of other writers.

Job Opportunities

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Beauty editors are employed by publishing companies that produce newspapers and magazines, as well as online websites and blogs. Additionally, beauty editors may find work writing for television. Typically, these roles are not listed in the newspaper classifieds. They are, however, advertised on journalism-specific websites such as Mediabistro.com and JournalismJobs.com. Additionally, general online job search boards such as Monster.com, Jobs.com and Careerbuilder.com post these types of positions. Networking opportunities and other resources may be accessed by joining professional organizations.

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Qualitative Requirements

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A successful beauty editor must possess extensive knowledge and have a strong interest in the beauty and fashion industries. She must possess exceptional writing and communication skills. It is essential to be self-motivated, as well, in order to meet tight deadlines. Good researching skills and the ability to work independently are requirements, too.

Educational Requirements

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To become a beauty editor, a candidate must possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Many employers prefer candidates who possess 4-year degrees in English, journalism, communications, writing, marketing or a related field of study. Ideally, candidates should possess a background in copywriting and the beauty and/or fashion industry.

Average Compensation

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The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates the employment of workers with the publishing industry to decline by 7 percent from 2006 through 2016. The average beauty editor working in the United States in 2009, according to Simplyhired.com, earns an annual base salary of $41,000.

About the Author

KJ Henderson has more than a decade of HR and talent acquisition experience. He has held roles at a Fortune 100 investment bank, a media conglomerate and at one of NYC's largest executive staffing firms. He currently heads recruitment sourcing at a major movie studio. He read literature at Oxford.

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