Editors

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  • Creative: 97
  • Supported: 65
  • Analytical: 52
  • Purpose: 47
  • Social: 37

What Editors Do

Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication.

Work Environment

Although most editors work in offices, a growing number now work remotely from home. The work can be stressful because editors often have tight deadlines.

How to Become an Editor

Proficiency with computers and a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or English are typically required to become an editor.

College Majors

Showing data from the American Community Survey for the following US Census occupation categories:

  • Editors

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    Job Outlook

    Employment of editors is projected to decline 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, as print media continue to face strong pressure from online publications. Competition for jobs with established newspapers and magazines will be particularly strong.

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    Growth & Trends

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    This occupation supported 115,300 jobs in 2012 and 117,200 jobs in 2014, reflecting an increase of 1.6%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to decrease by 2.4% in 2022 to 112,500 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 114,700, compared with an observed value of 117,200, 2.2% higher than expected. This indicates current employment trends are better than the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to decrease by 5.4% in 2024 to 111,000 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 111,900 jobs for 2024, 0.8% higher than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are about on track with the 2012 trend within this occupation.