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ASSOCIATE EDITOR, IN-DEPTH: Loves That His Writing Is Being Published & Read

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Brandon, an Associate Editor for a small publishing company that reports on computing technology, describes what he likes most about his job, its challenges, his key decisions, and work-life balance. When he was in college his dad passed away, and he was motivated to study what he really wanted: English literature.

Degree: English Language and Literature
Job Title: Associate Editor

Job Summary: Editors

Job Description

Editors plan, coordinate, and revise material for publication in books, newspapers, magazines, or websites. Editors review story ideas and decide what material will appeal most to readers. They also review and edit drafts of books and articles, offer comments to improve the product, and suggest titles and headlines. In smaller organizations, a single editor may perform all of the editorial duties or share them with only a few other people.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Editors can gain experience by working on their high school and college newspapers, or for magazines, radio and television stations, advertising and publishing companies, or not-for-profit organizations.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$30,000 - $100,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Creativity, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork, People skills, Networking

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m='12910'>probably</span> <span m='13180'>the</span> <span m='13300'>biggest</span> <span m='13800'>thing</span> <span m='13980'>that</span> <span m='14120'>I</span> <span m='14410'>like</span> <span m='14630'>about</span> <span m='14810'>my</span> <span m='14930'>job</span> <span m='15210'>is</span> <span m='15330'>the</span> <span m='15390'>fact</span> <span m='15670'>that</span> <span m='15810'>I</span> <span m='16140'>do get</span> <span m='16280'>to</span> <span m='16370'>do</span> <span m='16520'>so</span> <span m='16730'>many</span> <span m='16960'>different</span> <span m='17370'>things</span> <span m='19650'>so</span> <span m='19940'>it's</span> <span m='20130'>not</span> <span m='20510'>just</span> <span m='20740'>drudgery.</span> <span m='21800'>But</span> <span m='22280'>as</span> <span m='22850'>far</span> <span m='23150'>as</span> <span m='23440'>challenges</span> <span m='24000'>of</span> <span m='24070'>my</span> <span m='24220'>job,</span> <span m='26970'>to</span> <span m='27460'>be</span> <span m='27630'>honest,</span> <span m='28000'>I'm</span> <span m='28100'>not</span> <span m='28390'>the</span> <span m='28470'>best</span> <span m='28800'>editor</span> <span m='29190'>in</span> <span m='29250'>the</span> <span m='29320'>world.</span> <span m='33220'>I</span> <span m='33330'>don't</span> <span m='33450'>mind</span> <span m='33700'>it.</span> <span m='33830'>It</span> <span m='33980'>takes</span> <span m='34210'>me a</span> <span m='34280'>little</span> <span m='34430'>bit</span> <span m='34560'>longer,</span> <span m='34850'>but</span> <span m='35040'>I</span> <span m='35110'>just</span> <span m='36050'>work</span> <span m='36230'>hard.</span> <span m='36630'>And</span> <span m='37160'>it</span> <span m='37360'>is,</span> <span m='37770'>at</span> <span m='37940'>times,</span> <span m='38840'>a</span> <span m='39680'>very</span> <span m='42370'>esoteric,</span> <span m='43190'>very</span> <span m='44830'>challenging</span> <span m='45360'>subject</span> <span m='45760'>matter,</span> <span m='47890'>so</span> <span m='48150'>that,</span> <span m='48360'>of</span> <span m='48440'>course,</span> <span m='48730'>is</span> <span m='48810'>a</span> <span m='48870'>challenge.</span> <span m='49250'>But</span> <span m='49380'>I</span> <span m='49410'>like</span> <span m='49680'>it,</span> <span m='49980'>because</span> <span m='50370'>I get</span> <span m='50827'>to learn.</span> <span m='51284'>And</span> <span m='52200'>you're</span> <span m='52330'>never</span> <span m='52550'>going</span> <span m='52670'>to</span> <span m='52750'>stop</span> <span m='53150'>really</span> <span m='53450'>learning,</span> <span m='53880'>I</span> <span m='53970'>guess.</span> </p><p><span m='57550'>And</span> <span m='58180'>when</span> <span m='58340'>I</span> <span m='58470'>was</span> <span m='59270'>in</span> <span m='59470'>the</span> <span m='59540'>middle</span> <span m='59860'>of</span> <span m='59980'>college</span> <span m='60660'>my</span> <span m='61110'>dad</span> <span m='61390'>passed</span> <span m='61680'>away.</span> <span m='64599'>The</span> <span m='64819'>reason</span> <span m='65140'>I</span> <span m='65200'>switched</span> <span m='65590'>out</span> <span m='65690'>of</span> <span m='65750'>business</span> <span m='66180'>was</span> <span m='66350'>that I</span> <span m='66660'>decided</span> <span m='67115'>that</span> <span m='68610'>I</span> <span m='68700'>didn't</span> <span m='68970'>think</span> <span m='69290'>that</span> <span m='69580'>the</span> <span m='69680'>world</span> <span m='70020'>needed</span> <span m='72310'>another</span> <span m='72790'>businessman.</span> <span m='75840'>And</span> <span m='75980'>I</span> <span m='76040'>was</span> <span m='76250'>good at</span> <span m='76490'>English</span> <span m='76840'>and it was</span> <span m='77010'>something</span> <span m='77420'>that</span> <span m='77630'>I</span> <span m='78040'>cared</span> <span m='78250'>about.</span> <span m='78590'>And</span> <span m='78760'>I</span> <span m='78820'>really</span> <span m='79160'>liked</span> <span m='79450'>the</span> <span m='79540'>fact</span> <span m='79860'>that</span> <span m='79920'>English</span> <span m='80250'>allowed</span> <span m='80580'>me</span> <span m='80800'>to</span> <span m='82530'>study</span> <span m='83010'>other</span> <span m='83210'>people</span> <span m='83970'>a</span> <span m='84050'>lot,</span> <span m='84920'>and</span> <span m='85080'>that</span> <span m='85280'>was</span> <span m='85780'>one</span> <span m='85980'>of</span> <span m='86040'>the</span> <span m='87090'>big</span> <span m='87780'>reasons</span> <span m='88085'>that</span> <span m='88390'>I</span> <span m='88470'>switched.</span> <span m='89150'>And</span> <span m='90730'>the</span> <span m='90980'>job</span> <span m='91330'>is</span> <span m='91510'>cool</span> <span m='91780'>because</span> <span m='92190'>I</span> <span m='92280'>get</span> <span m='92480'>to</span> <span m='92570'>use</span> <span m='92930'>that</span> <span m='93270'>all</span> <span m='93540'>the</span> <span m='93590'>time</span> <span m='94536'>talking to</span> <span m='95032'>all these</span> <span m='95528'>people.</span> </p><p><span m='96520'>My</span> <span m='96650'>work/life</span> <span m='97050'>balance</span> <span m='97460'>is</span> <span m='98050'>pretty</span> <span m='98220'>good.</span> <span m='99660'>Once</span> <span m='99790'>you</span> <span m='99920'>get</span> <span m='100050'>into</span> <span m='100250'>a</span> <span m='100320'>career</span> <span m='100580'>job,</span> <span m='100860'>it</span> <span m='101210'>always</span> <span m='102080'>changes.</span> <span m='103010'>You</span> <span m='103310'>don't</span> <span m='103650'>work</span> <span m='104080'>for</span> <span m='104280'>eight</span> <span m='104500'>hours</span> <span m='104850'>and then</span> <span m='105260'>go home.</span> <span m='106080'>Some</span> <span m='106490'>days</span> <span m='107310'>I</span> <span m='107420'>work</span> <span m='107610'>for</span> <span m='107730'>six</span> <span m='108000'>hours,</span> <span m='108370'>and</span> <span m='108490'>some</span> <span m='108670'>days</span> <span m='108910'>I</span> <span m='108940'>work</span> <span m='109160'>for</span> <span m='109280'>10+</span> <span m='110100'>hours.</span> </p><p><span m='111898'>But</span> <span m='112830'>I</span> <span m='112970'>think</span> <span m='113270'>it's</span> <span m='113490'>the</span> <span m='113590'>most</span> <span m='114110'>important</span> <span m='114990'>thing</span> <span m='116460'>in</span> <span m='116740'>the</span> <span m='116810'>world to</span> <span m='117150'>be</span> <span m='117320'>conscious</span> <span m='118330'>of</span> <span m='119320'>what</span> <span m='119960'>you</span> <span m='120190'>are</span> <span m='120460'>doing</span> <span m='120830'>while</span> <span m='121080'>you're</span> <span m='121190'>doing</span> <span m='121570'>it.</span> <span m='121710'>Because</span> <span m='122070'>you</span> <span m='122220'>can</span> <span m='122350'>get</span> <span m='122520'>really</span> <span m='122750'>wrapped</span> <span m='123080'>up</span> <span m='123200'>in</span> <span m='123280'>your</span> <span m='123380'>work</span> <span m='123910'>and</span> <span m='124030'>just</span> <span m='124840'>completely</span> <span m='125105'>forget</span> <span m='125370'>about</span> <span m='125831'>the people</span> <span m='126292'>that are important</span> <span m='126753'>to you.</span> <span m='128139'>But</span> <span m='128580'>on</span> <span m='128750'>the</span> <span m='128900'>other</span> <span m='129130'>side,</span> <span m='130000'>when</span> <span m='130160'>I</span> <span m='130229'>get</span> <span m='130400'>completely</span> <span m='130810'>wrapped</span> <span m='131090'>up</span> <span m='131220'>with</span> <span m='131300'>the</span> <span m='131370'>people</span> <span m='131650'>that are important</span> <span m='132130'>to me</span> <span m='132630'>then I can</span> <span m='133130'>forget about</span> <span m='133630'>my work.</span> <span m='135630'>Make</span> <span m='135890'>sure</span> <span m='135990'>you</span> <span m='136050'>have</span> <span m='136160'>a</span> <span m='136210'>support</span> <span m='136530'>structure</span> <span m='136910'>around</span> <span m='137110'>you</span> <span m='137400'>and</span> <span m='137550'>you</span> <span m='137640'>don't</span> <span m='138040'>take</span> <span m='138270'>it</span> <span m='139160'>for</span> <span m='139260'>granted.</span> <span m='139750'>Because</span> <span m='144000'>it</span> <span m='144150'>can</span> <span m='144280'>be</span> <span m='144400'>lonely</span> <span m='144770'>at</span> <span m='144860'>the</span> <span m='144950'>top</span> <span m='145740'>is</span> <span m='145950'>a</span> <span m='146010'>good</span> <span m='146180'>way</span> <span m='146380'>of</span> <span m='146560'>putting</span> <span m='146860'>it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":304864,"video_id":"2791229206001","name":"1408-Brandon-AssocEditorPublishing2","duration":148701,"thumbnail_url":null}});