What does a Copy Editor do?
A copy editor may work for any industry to create, proofread, and modify content for writers or employers. From books to articles to web content, copy editors make sure that documents are grammatically correct, readable, and correspond with the brand image and target audience of the company. Depending on the industry they work in, they use style manuals to make decisions about voice, word choice, formatting, and other variables.
Professional copy editors generally hold a bachelor's degree in English, journalism, or a related field. They must be able to adhere to strict deadlines and be extremely meticulous to identify and correct small errors in punctuation, spelling, or grammar. A copy editor may work exclusively for one organization or they may freelance for various companies. They also research information presented in articles to make sure that facts, such as dates, names, and statistics are correct and current.
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“Everyone I have worked with has been so nice and helpful”
“balance and good compensation”
“Good com pany paid good”
“Career was ended unjustly and unexpectedly”
“Paid holidays and life insurance”
“Low salary and I have no cons”
“Lunch was great fun and convival”
“They have a really great internal team that's fun to work with.”
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a copy editor
When working as a copy editor, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Editing, Degree IN English, English Language Grammar, Microsoft Office Suite and Writing.
The most common qualifications to become a copy editor is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.