One of my main aspirations for when I am an adult is to become an editor. I possess several attributes that would help me do well in this line of work.
For one, I love to read. Literature is a passion of mine, and I will read almost anything, so long as it isn't mind-numbingly dull. For another, I am very successful in English and am a well known grammar nazi. (A fact that has often gotten on a few of my friends' nerves.) I also excelled in typing class and am now a fairly fast and accurate typist.
If one intends to actually work for a company (which is what I intend to do) and not just go freelance, they usually require a college degree. A bachelor's degree in communication, English, or journalism are some of the most common requirements. In some cases, a liberal arts degree is also sufficient.
The pay for this career is approximately 50,000 dollars on average, or 24.75 dollars an hour. Since it is a job that many people find attractive, the competition is very strong, especially with established newspapers and magazine since the employment rate is projected to decline. The job outlook from 2010 to 2012 is expected to increase by less than one percent, unsurprising given that it is hardly a new industry and it isn't a job in especially high demand.
The website that I received the majority of my information from was the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As you can guess from the name, it was extremely helpful when it came to finding the various statistics about the job, as well as information about different requirements and elements that would help one be successful. I also have looked up various companies and their requirements in the past, which was useful.
I've put a lot of research into learning about this job, and have found that it is a career that I would love to pursue. I fully intend to take the steps that will allow me to do so.
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