USA Career Guide - Editor

Employment of editors in the US is expected to experience little or no change from 2010 to 2020 as print media continue to face strong pressure from online publications. The projected growth is seen from 127,200 in 2010 to 128,000 in 2020. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor)

Competition for jobs with established newspapers and magazines will be particularly strong because the publishing industry is projected to decline in employment. However, the online market witnesses an upward graph and therefore people with experience in working with various digital tools will have an advantage over others.

For film and view editors, however, there is some good news from the Labor Department. Though slower than the average of all occupations, employment of film and video editors is projected to grow 5 percent from 2010 to 2020. Demand for skilled editors will increase over the years as 3D and special effects have gained importance in films.

Job Prospects of an Editor in the US

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Publishing Houses
  • Online news portals
  • Advertising Houses
  • PR Companies
  • Media Houses
  • Film and Television Stations
  • Radio Stations

Pay of an Editor in the US

Median annual wages, May 2010

Editors: $51,470
Media and Communication Workers: $49,060
Film and Video Editors: $50,93

(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics)



Education and Training Requirement of an Editor in USA


Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, or English is a must for editors working in the print industry.

Editors who deal with specific subjects may need experience related to that field. For example, a business reporter needs to have finance or business background.

For managerial positions, an MBA degree would be an advantage

Related Degrees for Print and Publishing Editors in the US


  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business/Corporate Communications
  • Children's and Adolescent Literature
  • Communication
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Creative Writing
  • General Literature
  • Journalism
  • Literature
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
  • Publishing
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies
  • Technical and Scientific Communication
  • Writing

Related degrees for Film and Video Editors

  • Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians,
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Communications Technology/Technician
  • Documentary Production
  • Photojournalism
  • Radio and Television
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician

Film schools offer courses on equipment, techniques, processes, and the artistic qualities of film making.
Those new to the industry also

  • join professional organizations such as American Cinema Editors (ACE)
  • seek apprenticeship programs, such as through the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians

Work Experience:

Work experience is not mandatory for a copy editor. High school students who have experience in writing for school or college newspaper, community newspapers, literary magazines and websites can also join as a copy editor.

Assistant Editor: 2 years of experience

Executive and Managing Editor: Work experience varies from 8-15 years

However, for a film and video editor, one should have prior experience in handling editing equipments.
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