What they do?

Editors perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Editors may specialize in a particular subject area, such as news, sports or features, or in a particular type of publication, such as books, magazines, newspapers or manuals.

B. Evaluate suitability of manuscripts, articles, news copy and wire service dispatches for publication, broadcast or electronic media and recommend or make changes in content, style and organization

C. Read and edit copy to be published or broadcast to detect and correct errors in spelling, grammar and syntax, and shorten or lengthen copy as space or time requires

D. Confer with authors, staff writers, reporters and others regarding revisions to copy

E. Plan and implement layout or format of copy according to space or time allocations and significance of copy

F. Plan and co-ordinate activities of staff and assure production deadlines are met

G. Plan coverage of upcoming events and assign work accordingly

Where they find work?

1. Information and cultural industries - 65.0%
2. Public administration - 7.0%
3. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 6.0%

What education do I need?

1. You usually need a bachelor's degree in English, French, journalism or a related field.

2. You usually need several years' experience in journalism, writing, publishing or a related field and may require membership in the Editors Association of Canada.

3. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a supervisor or manager, such as editor-in-chief or managing editor.

4. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.

High School Subject that will help:

  1. Social Studies
  2. Computer-related courses
  3. English (Communication)
  4. Journalism

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Editors is $23.54/HR, which is above average for occupations in the art, culture, recreation and sport sector and are close to the average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Editors wages

Expected Wage by Age

Editors Wage By Age


4% of Editors are unemployed. This rate is above the average for professionnal occupations.


Editors Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Editors Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Editors is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($23.54) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is above average.

3. The unemployment rate (4%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be average with demand increasing for reading materials popular with an aging population.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Editors are found in Ontario and British Columbia while the lowest concentrations are in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (28%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Researching

2. Writing

3. Publications

Part Time Workers

Editors Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

18% of Editors are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 14,000 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 31% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Editors Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Editors Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 21% of Editors are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Editors Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

44% of the individuals employed as Editors are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average .