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It is also important for young Irish people to consider moving to countries that are not English speaking and working for the EU would be very useful to your long term career.

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Editor - Publishing

Job Zone

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€23k > 51 
Editor - Publishing
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€23 - 51 
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Last Updated: March, 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.
Occupational Category

Media Professionals

Also included in this category:

Journalists; editors; reporters; public relations officers; public relations consultants; press officers; creative directors

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 13%
Aged over 55: 6%
Male / Female: 53 / 47%
Non-Nationals: 20%
With Third Level: 95%
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At a Glance... header image

Collect and edit manuscripts of books and other publications.

The Work header image

Editors select, review, arrange and prepare material for publication. There are different types of editors who have responsibility for different editing functions. The most common of these are the commissioning editor and the copy-editor (sometimes known as the desk-editor or sub-editor). Titles and duties vary greatly between different areas of publishing.  
Commissioning editors tend to deal with the business side of editing.  
Typical duties include:

      commissioning authors to write books  


    • identifying gaps in the market


    • reviewing manuscripts (sometimes this is done by outside readers)


    • selecting suitable manuscripts for publication


    • liaising with literary agents and authors


    • negotiating contracts


    • costing projects to see if they are financially viable


    • estimating print runs


  • producing and maintaining a list of books that suit the particular specialism of the publisher.

Copy-editors deal with the unpublished manuscript, or typescript, as it is usually known. Their main task is to check the text carefully for style, consistency, factual accuracy, spelling and grammar.  
Sometimes they may have to do some rewriting or ask the author to amend the text in some way. This is careful and painstaking work that requires great attention to detail. The copy-editor tries to ensure that the copy that goes to the typesetter is as near to the final version as possible, as any changes made after the book has reached the proof stage can be very expensive.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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


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


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


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


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


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


Supervise and coordinate work of reporters and other editors.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


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


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


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.


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


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


Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Negotiation:   Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As an editor, you will need a good eye for detail and must be accurate and thorough in your work. You must also be able to work to deadlines and remain calm under pressure. It is common for authors to submit their work on disk and for text to be edited on a computer screen so computer literacy and keyboard skills are essential.  
You should be familiar with common word processing software.

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Organisation: Society for Editors and Proofreaders
  Address: Apsley House 176 Upper Richmond Road Putney London SW15 2SH
  Tel: +44 20 8785 6155
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