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Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Editor field.
ID Job Title Gender Age Earnings City & State Date
33975 Editor Female 32 $35,000 Chicago, IL 01/01/2010
33972 News Editor Female 28 $54,000 Plainfield, IL 01/01/2010
33958 Proofreader/Editor Male 58 $62,000 Hatboro, PA 01/01/2010
33954 Copy Editor/Designer Female 33 $54,000 Chesapeake, VA 01/01/2010
33826 Executive Editor Male 45 $250,000 New York, NY 01/01/2010


The editor plays an imperative role in the writing and publication process. One of the most important duties of an editor is to manage all of the other individuals that are involved in the project. The editor makes sure that content is being written properly and on time, and then he or she begins to make the magic happen.

It is the editor?s job to ensure the content is perfected. This involves making grammatical and vocabulary corrections, improving the flow and organization, condensing thoughts, and making any other changes that will improve the overall quality of the piece. Editors can also be charged with creating story ideas for future publications and handling the layout of a newspaper or magazine.

The editing process can take several different forms, depending on the exact details of the project. Some editors have to simply review the content they are given from other staff members. Other editors are tasked with reading manuscripts and deciding which ones will actually make it to publication. There are also editors who focus on the details, such as writing headlines, putting together captions for photos, and adding photos to a story.

We have focused on writing here, but there are editors in many other industries as well. Editing is also necessary for movies, television shows, podcasts, news stations, and more.

To learn more about the unique career opportunities available as an editor, check out the career profiles below. We interviewed professional editors to learn more about what they do, how they like it, and how you can get there too.

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