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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.

Editor

Tasks and duties

  • Carrying out structural editing to make sure a piece of writing is structured logically.
  • Choosing the right style and language and ensuring consistency throughout a piece of writing.
  • Correcting language errors, such as poor grammar and incorrect spelling and punctuation.
  • Removing ambiguity, clarifying the author’s meaning, simplifying obscure language and bureaucratic, technical or specialist jargon.
  • Making a manuscript more appealing to an agent or a publisher.
  • Checking for any potential legal problems, such as plagiarism, ethical or moral problems, copyright infringements and defamation risks.
  • Liaising with or managing staff involved in the production of the publication such as the designer, illustrator, typesetter and printer.
  • Maintaining a record of corrections after production for use in any reprints or new editions.
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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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The most common annual salary in AUS for an Editor is between $85k and $95k

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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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How do Editors rate their role?

Latest reviews from 24 Editors surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.9
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
3.5
Job security
3.2
Pay / Salary
3.0
Variety of work
3.9

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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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Oct 2018
Being an editor is about so much more than editing - you need an eye for detail and excellent project management and interpersonal skills!
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Medical
The good things
If you are interested in language, have an eye for detail and enjoy multitasking, this is a very rewarding job. Depending on the company, you may be able to work remotely. There is a good work/life ba...
The challenges
Because there is the potential to work with so many different functions and personalities, it is important to be flexible and diplomatic. You also need to be able to think laterally as well as sequent...
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Working hours for Editors

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What are the job opportunities for Editors?

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National increase over next 5 years *
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