When most people think of editing, they think of big publishing houses that produce bestsellers. These jobs, which are very competitive and concentrated in just a few major cities, are just one part of the picture. Other editors work for the same kinds of employers that hire professional writers: businesses, universities, and nonprofit agencies. At EIU, English majors interested in working as editors often minor in Professional Writing.
EIU English alumni have worked as editors at newspapers and for businesses in Chicago and elsewhere.
The employment outlook: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 there were 127,200 people in salaried positions as editors. The field is projected to remain stable through 2020. *
Does this sound like you? Most editors are very detail-oriented, with a strong command of language and grammar. They have good research skills and enjoy fact-checking. Editors also need to be able to communicate clearly and tactfully with authors and with others involved in the process of planning, preparing, and producing publications.
*All data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics cited on this page come from the 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook, which is available and searchable online.