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This career involves working with people in a caring capacity. If you have no interest in helping people personally or educationally then this may be the wrong profession for you.

Empathy, patience and respect are important qualities for this job, in addition to be able to relate well to the person you are dealing with. As there is also a large amount of information to be handled in the job, good organisational, IT and time management skills are also quite important.

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Web Editor

Job Zone

Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
Previous work-related skills, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, several years of full or part-time employment in the area may suffice.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognised apprenticeship or training program may be associated with these occupations.

Job Zone Examples
These occupations usually involve using communication and organisational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

€20k > 52
Web Editor
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 52
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Last Updated: April, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin 2017 stated that "Despite significant graduate supply and a number of job ready job seekers with IT skills (many of whom, given the comparatively high turnover estimates, are likely to be only in frictional unemployment), shortages of IT skills continue to exist. IT skills are in demand across all economic sectors. Furthermore, the situation is not unique to Ireland as there is a shortage of IT skills internationally. "

Web design (niche areas only); particularly web related applications focusing on enhancing users’ online experience (UX) and supporting user interaction (UI) with 3-5 years’ experience

Software developers; mobile (iOS/Android), database (with Oracle/SQL), web, cloud; with skills in Java, JavaScript, C++, .Net, PHP, CSS, F#, Python and Ruby on Rails the most frequently mentioned

Other skills shortages include InfoSec (IT security), IoT (internet of things), cybe

3.4%
Occupational Category

Web designers & developers

Also included in this category:

Web designers & developers

Number Employed:

2,800

Part time workers: 18%
Aged over 55: 0%
Male / Female: 71 / 29%
Non-Nationals: 20%
With Third Level: 84%
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At a Glance... header image

Writes and publishes pages for a website, presenting the content in the most suitble way for the website’s target audience.


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The Work header image

The role of a web editor is to write and publish pages for a website. The web editor presents the content in the most suitable way for the website’s target audience.

You might work alone, or in a team made up of web developers, designers, and marketing and communications staff.

Tasks may include:

  • Researching, writing and presenting text
  • Publishing text and images using a content management system
  • Keeping site content up to date
  • Editing and proofreading text written by colleagues or freelancers
  • Creating / using editorial guidelines, such as an in-house style
  • Planning and developing content with other departments or clients
  • Creating and looking after social media profiles
  • Using search engine optimisation (SEO) techniques to ensure web pages are easy to find
  • Reporting on how many people are visiting the website
  • Training new staff on how to produce and edit content
  • Keeping up to date with changes in web technology and good practice
  • Checking and reply to online message boards and deal with email enquiries.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Prepare, rewrite and edit copy to improve readability, or supervise others who do this work.

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Verify facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.

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Read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.

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Develop story or content ideas, considering reader or audience appeal.

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Review and approve proofs submitted by composing room prior to publication production.

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Supervise and coordinate work of reporters and other editors.

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Plan the contents of publications according to the publication's style, editorial policy, and publishing requirements.

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Read, evaluate and edit manuscripts or other materials submitted for publication and confer with authors regarding changes in content, style or organization, or publication.

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Allocate print space for story text, photos, and illustrations according to space parameters and copy significance, using knowledge of layout principles.

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Oversee publication production, including artwork, layout, computer typesetting, and printing, ensuring adherence to deadlines and budget requirements.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others: Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Communications and Media: Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Clerical: Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Negotiation: Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

  • A talent for writing
  • An interest in digital media

Skills for this role

  • Teamwork
  • Communication - Communicating ideas through writing
  • Accuracy
  • IT Skills
  • Research and investigatin skills
  • Creativity and coming up with new ideas
  • Time management
  • Attention to detail


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