The publishing industry has a hierarchy of job roles, but it takes determination and hard work to progress. The average earnings for an editor can range from £20,000 for an assistant editor to £30,000 for a senior editor. Publishing companies are generally divided by function, with each department responsible for a process. Areas of work can be technical, creative or administrative.
Within book publishing, the role of editor is often seen as the top job. In magazines and newspapers, there is usually an executive publisher who is senior to the editorial director. Editors have the job of commissioning authors and writers, copy-editing, proofreading and they are often responsible for overall content of the finished product.
There are also roles in marketing and publicity including PR, events and promotions. The production and design team ensure the product is produced on time and within budget and are responsible for the visual look of the book, magazine or journal. The top advertising roles in magazines and journals are also well paid with additional jobs in circulation and subscriptions.
The links below take you to job role descriptions on Target Jobs and Prospects websites. Target Jobs is the UK's largest source of graduate jobs, employers and internships and Prospects is the UK's official graduate careers site.
The following list contains examples of roles within publishing:
Discovers and identifies writers and products to publish to build the company portfolio, also ensures writers work to and meet deadlines. For further information see Commissioning editor.
Learns the industry by working closely with senior colleagues, helping in the commissioning and publishing of books, magazines and journals. For further information read Prospects; Editorial assistant. Video on You Tube outlining the job role of an Editorial assistant at Bloomsbury.
Publishing copy-editor / Proof-reader
Ensures content is easy to read, makes sense, is technically accurate and grammatically correct. Information available on Prospects, Publishing copy-editor/proof-reader.
Working for newspapers sub-editors ensure the accuracy of content and ensure the layout is in keeping with the company brand. Press sub-editor information can be found on Prospects.
Publishing rights manager
Ensures publications make a profit and oversees and manages publishing rights. More information on Publishing rights manager can be found on Prospects.