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Editor Courses

An Editor makes changes to written work before it is published. You might correct errors, check facts or reduce the size of a written piece. Editors liaise with writers and publishers to make sure written work meets requirements. You might edit fiction or nonfiction pieces and might specialise in a particular type of writing such as journalism, short stories or scripts.

Editors should have excellent technical skills and be able to proofread material quickly. It’s important you understand the needs of your clients and can communicate clearly with people from a range of backgrounds. Editors should be able to meet deadlines and prioritise their tasks when necessary.

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Popular Editor Courses

There are 40 courses available for people who want to become an Editor. These are the top 5 most popular courses.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does an Editor earn?

In Australia, a full time Editor generally earns $1,400 per week ($72,800 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for an Editor?

There has been a decrease in employment numbers in this industry in recent years. There are currently 1,300 people working in this field in Australia, compared to 1,700 five years ago. Editors may find work across all regions of Australia, particularly larger towns and cities.

Source: Australian Government Labour Market Insights

How do I become an Editor?

If a career as an Editor interests you, consider enrolling in a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing. This course will prepare you for work in the writing industry with electives including storytelling, writing for children, business writing, content writing, journalism, scripts and poetry. A Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing may also be appropriate.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within journalism and writing. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.