Editors create, edit and produce content in the form of writing, video and audio. Basically, wherever you’ve seen professionally produced content, there were editorial professionals at work. The industry is huge, varied and requires an intense level of technique and highly nuanced understanding of their craft.
Editorial jobs require a mastery of the medium they are communicating in. Even within similar fields, professional editors should have specific knowledge of the field they’re in and the audience they’re producing for. As an example, a journalist and a technical writer will have a completely different set of writing skills, ethical approach, audience and subject matter. While writers can generally perform tasks from across the spectrum of the industry, professionals will usually specialise in one specific area.
Great editors will have an intuition for how people consume content.
The editing industry is unique in that demonstrable skill can be more important than a specific qualification – however, it is the norm for editors of all stripes to have at least completed a secondary education, and a tertiary qualification in a relevant field. There are post-graduate qualifications for those who wish to learn about specific areas of the editorial industry, as well as hundreds of workshops a year.
Roles and salary expectations
What does a sub-editor do?
A sub-editor works with publications (like magazines, newspapers or websites) by editing their copy, fact-checking, restructuring, providing titles and ensuring that it meets house-style and standards.
Sub-editor salary: 40,000 – 105,000 per year.
What does a content producer do?
Content producers are all-round writers that provide written content for their businesses. This could be anything from press-releases, marketing copy, business pitches, speeches and so on.
Content producer salary: 45,000 to 120,000 per year.
What does a video editor do?
Video editors produce, edit and publish video content. The most technical of the editing jobs, video editors are expected to be familiar with or mastery over a range of video hardware and software.