What does an Editor do?

An editor is responsible for ensuring the accuracy and quality of a company's written materials. They are responsible for planning and creating written materials. A few of the main duties of an editor are editing copy and improving on it, educate writers on best practices, identify ways to improve the flow of materials, and advise writers on content pieces. They also have to create a content calendar. Some of the jobs titles that a editor could grow into are editor in chief and senior editor.

An editor should have 2 years of experience in writing and a Bachelor's degree in journalism or english. One of the most important skills that an editor will have is their ability to improve on other people's work. Another skill is attention to detail as the editor will need to edit every single piece of writing that the company puts out.

  • Rewrite copy from writers
  • Modify written content from writers
  • Develop a content calendar
  • Develop ideas for content
  • Oversee content production
  • Create highly shareable content
  • Adhere to journalism best practices
  • Assign projects and monitor deadlines
  • Bachelor's degree in journalism or english
  • Strong writing and proofreading skills
  • Experience with content management systems
  • Ability to meet the necessary budget
  • Great attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to give constructive feedback
  • Conceptual creative abilities
  • Ability to create stories
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Editor Salaries

Average Base Pay

£36,039 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £36K
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Editor Career Path

Learn how to become an Editor, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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The Oxford ClubThe Oxford Club
Senior Managing Editor
12 Nov 2019

“There is a lot to learn and my work as a managing editor is both challenging and rewarding.”

The Oil & Gas YearThe Oil & Gas Year
Country Editor
18 Oct 2019

“Good career starter if you don't want to be sitting behind a desk and want some first”

PBS NewshourPBS Newshour
Senior Editor
1 Dec 2021

“There are some great people and they do good work and really value their employees.”

Blue Star DesignBlue Star Design
9 Oct 2021

“I felt like I was given a great degree of autonomy and latitude in my responsibilities.”

Crimson Publishers
Managing Editor
12 Nov 2019

“Best way to learn new skills and perfect to start for new joins for better future.”

24 Jul 2019

“The culture was laid back but well structured so we knew our tasks and expectations.”

OMICS InternationalOMICS International
Associate Managing Editor
11 Nov 2021

“I love the team I worked with I enjoy every minute and I learn many things here.”

Associate Editor
1 Aug 2021

“I've gotten the opportunity to really see what I enjoy doing and what my strengths and weaknesses are.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an editor

When working as an editor, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Editing, Writing, English Language Grammar, Written Communication and Microsoft Office Suite.

The most similar professions to editor are:
  • Content Writer
  • Copywriter
  • Writer
  • Technical Writer

The most common qualifications to become an 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.