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Editor

Work with writers to help them get their messages across as clearly as possible.

What's it like to be an Editor?

Editors read and correct a range of communications collateral from newspapers, books, poetry, magazines, newsletters and brochures, through to educational materials, advertisements, scholarly articles, annual reports and websites. It’s the Editor’s task to review the written material and assist the writer in effectively reaching their target audience.

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Editors can provide three levels of service, depending on the stage of production: copyediting, proofreading, and structural editing.

Depending on the field they are working in an Editor may also decide on the content of publications or news items to be published and may manage the publication process and the staff involved.

What can I earn as an Editor?

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How to become an Editor


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You don’t need a formal editing qualification to become an Editor, however you usually have to complete a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification or a bachelor degree to be considered for roles in this field.

  1. Complete your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.
  2. Complete a VET qualification such as the Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing (22203VIC). Alternatively, complete a bachelor degree in professional writing, journalism, communications, media studies or a related field.
  3. Read the second edition of the Australian Standards of Editing Practice developed by the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).

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Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

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Latest Editor reviews

Latest reviews from 30 Editors surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Editing is so much more than spelling and punctuation; it is a multi-skilled profession.
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Nonfiction editor
The good things
Embarking on a second career as a freelance editor after 10 years in the same job has allowed me to work on a great diversity of projects with clients from many different backgrounds, from very young ...
The challenges
Editing is one of the most poorly understood professions; it is so much more than checking spelling, punctuation and grammar. Also, unless you are lucky to start your career in a publishing house, the...
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Oct 2018
Editing is a rewarding role, but sometimes you have to shift the goalposts to see the benefits.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Publishing and Communications
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Professional Development - Insurance
The good things
Like most jobs, this one requires passion to make the role rewarding.It's great to take a text from its low point to the best it can be (within budget and time constraints, obviously). Editing is a co...
The challenges
People can be difficult, and as an Editor, you work with people directly and indirectly. You need be tactful, sincere and sometimes, a little stubborn. Handling authors can make the editor's role diff...
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