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Editors - 27-3041.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Plan, coordinate, revise, or edit written material. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Acquisitions Editor
  • Business Editor
  • Editor
  • Features Editor
  • Legal Editor
  • News Editor
  • Newspaper Copy Editor
  • Science Editor
  • Sports Editor
  • Web Editor

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Allocate print space for story text, photos, and illustrations according to space parameters and copy significance, using knowledge of layout principles.
  • Arrange for copyright permissions.
  • Assign topics, events and stories to individual writers or reporters for coverage.
  • Confer with management and editorial staff members regarding placement and emphasis of developing news stories.
  • Develop story or content ideas, considering reader or audience appeal.
  • Direct the policies and departments of newspapers, magazines and other publishing establishments.
  • Interview and hire writers and reporters or negotiate contracts, royalties, and payments for authors or freelancers.
  • Make manuscript acceptance or revision recommendations to the publisher.
  • Meet frequently with artists, typesetters, layout personnel, marketing directors, and production managers to discuss projects and resolve problems.
  • Monitor news-gathering operations to ensure utilization of all news sources, such as press releases, telephone contacts, radio, television, wire services, and other reporters.
  • Oversee publication production, including artwork, layout, computer typesetting, and printing, ensuring adherence to deadlines and budget requirements.
  • Plan the contents of publications according to the publication's style, editorial policy, and publishing requirements.
  • Prepare, rewrite and edit copy to improve readability, or supervise others who do this work.
  • Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.
  • Read material to determine index items and arrange them alphabetically or topically, indicating page or chapter location.
  • Read, evaluate and edit manuscripts or other materials submitted for publication, and confer with authors regarding changes in content, style or organization, or publication.
  • Review and approve proofs submitted by composing room prior to publication production.
  • Select local, state, national, and international news items received from wire services, based on assessment of items' significance and interest value.
  • Supervise and coordinate work of reporters and other editors.
  • Verify facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
  • Write text, such as stories, articles, editorials, or newsletters.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Audition or interview potential performers or staff members.
  • Coordinate activities of production personnel.
  • Coordinate reporting or editing activities.
  • Design layouts for print publications.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
  • Discuss production content and progress with others.
  • Edit written materials.
  • Manage content of broadcasts or presentations.
  • Manage operations of artistic or entertainment departments or organizations.
  • Negotiate for services.
  • Obtain copyrights or other legal permissions.
  • Select staff, team members, or performers.
  • Verify accuracy of data.
  • Write informational material.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Basic Combat Correspondent (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Broadcaster (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Chief Public Affairs NCO (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Mass Communicator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Communication Director (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Communication Strategy and Operations Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Content Manager (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Conversion NEC MC Mass Communications (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Creative Director (Navy - Enlisted)
  • CWO - Intelligence (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Field Press Censorship Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Human Intelligence Collector (Army - Enlisted)
  • Human Intelligence Specialist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Human Intelligence Specialist Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Human Intelligence Specialist Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Human Intelligence Specialist Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Intermediate Public Affairs Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Intelligence (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Mass Communications Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mass Communicator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Master Photojournalist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Motion Picture and Television Project Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Multimedia Director/Producer (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Operations Control Center Briefing Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Pictorial Editor (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Printing and Publications Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Public Affairs (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Mass Communication Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Supervisor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs, General (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Public Information Specialty (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer (Public Affairs) (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer - Intelligence Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Training Publications and Curriculum Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Visual Information Manager (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Weapons Technical Information Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Writer (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Assignment Editor
  • Bureau Chief
  • Continuity Director
  • Editor, Book
  • Editor, City
  • Editor, Department
  • Editor, Dictionary
  • Editor, Greeting Card
  • Editor, Index
  • Editor, Managing, Newspaper
  • Editor, News
  • Editor, Newspaper
  • Editor, Publications
  • Editor, Telegraph
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Program Proposals Coordinator
  • Script Reader
  • Story Editor