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What is it like to be an Editor?

Editors are responsible for refining copy of text, manuscripts, or other written material to improve clarity, impact, flow, meaning, and readability. However, editing involves much more than spelling and grammar checks. As an editor, your roles could vary from writing articles, editorials or reviews, managing the day-to-day running of a newspaper or magazine, or making collaborative managerial decisions as to the content of publications in accordance with editorial policies and guidelines.

Editors typically work in fields including publishing and desktop publishing, sales and marketing, manufacturing, or government and education organisations.

For more information about a career as an Editor, visit the Job Outlook website.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has not been available, data from a related field has been used.Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)
This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Editors require exceptional attention to detail and a love of words to be able to produce correct and complete work.

Other important attributes of an editor include:

  • high level of literacy, with a strong knowledge of English grammar
  • ability to produce detailed and accurate work
  • aptitude for using computers
  • ability to concentrate for long periods
  • excellent time management skills, often work within tight deadlines

To become an Editor

To be able to become an Editor, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:


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