Like picking mistakes? Become an editor

If you are one of those ‘Grammar Nazis’ and like to take out mistakes in other people’s work, you can try for a job as an editor. Except for the actual writing part, an editor is responsible for making all the changes in the text that may be required to refine or improve a text. Authors come to the editor as they have a point of view of a reader and yet, are analytical to check for any inconsistencies, grammar mistakes, incorrect facts, changes in style, among other things.

How much does the job pay?

Although editors for books for children may earn lesser than that of novels and magazines, the pay is still substantial. In the US, an editor can earn over $60,000 a year editing text for magazines, children’s books. The best editors in the industry can earn up to $100,000 a year depending upon the type of work and the publication house they are working with.

What do you need to study to become an editor?

To become an editor, one needs to complete a graduate course in journalism, English literature or mass communication as these courses teach individuals the nuances of the language, styles of writing and also teach them basic editing. There are specialized courses on editing that one can do to get into this role as well.

Where can an editor find work?

An editor can work in publishing houses, on a freelance basis or even in sales and marketing roles as any communication that goes out of a company needs to be correct and communicated well to meet the intended purpose. As such, jobs within government and law agencies are also possible, but these would require specialized experience and knowledge of the sector or laws as they are very specific roles. Editing of scientific documentation is also done by specialized editors in the field.