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Editor

Copy editors check text before it's published in books, journals and websites.

Potential salary

£22,000 to £40,000

Employment by 2024

+3.25%

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

  • knowledge of English language
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • the ability to read English
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • correcting spelling, grammar and punctuation errors
  • checking the length of the text fits in with publisher requirements
  • making sure the text is in the right style
  • making sure the meaning of the text is clear
  • checking that references are quoted correctly and pictures have the right captions
  • checking for legal issues, like libel or breach of copyright
  • talking to the author about queries or revisions

You could work in an office or from home.

You could become a features writer, chief sub-editor or production editor. Some sub-editors go freelance.

The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and the Publishing Training Centre have further details on training options.

You can also find out more about working in this and other creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

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