Book or Script Editors evaluate manuscripts of books or scripts to determine suitability for publication or production, and edit and supervise material in preparation for publication or for production on film, television, radio or stage.

Specialisations: Script Coordinator.

You usually need a formal qualification in a relevant field to work as a Book or Script Editor. Book and Script Editors often have university qualifications.

Tasks

  • Reviews and evaluates manuscripts of novels, biographies, short stories, poems, educational texts and other books, and ensures coherence of style and development of theme, plot and characterisation.
  • Advises publishers about potential of works for publication and conditions of publication contract.
  • Negotiates publication details such as royalties, publication dates and numbers of copies to be printed.
  • Reviews and assesses stories and other material for film, television, radio and stage productions.
  • Directs the preparation of scripts to be read by announcers to introduce and connect parts of musicals, news, sports and special events programmes.

More about Authors, and Book and Script Editors

All Authors, and Book and Script Editors

  • $1,600 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Book and Script Editors

  • 1,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 53% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 78% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Book and Script Editors (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 1,700 in 2011 to 1,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Book and Script Editors work in many parts of Australia. Victoria and New South Wales have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Education and Training.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (53%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 78% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Information Media and Telecommunications63.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8.8
Education and Training7.2
Administrative and Support Services5.5
Other Industries15.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateBook and Script EditorsAll Jobs Average
NSW38.731.6
VIC39.725.6
QLD11.020.0
SA3.57.0
WA3.710.8
TAS1.22.0
NT0.21.0
ACT2.21.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketBook and Script EditorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-243.5-9.39.3
25-3421.9-22.922.9
35-4425.4-22.022.0
45-5422.4-21.621.6
55-5910.4-9.09.0
60-648.3-6.06.0
65 and Over8.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationBook and Script EditorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate41.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree45.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV1.6-21.121.1
Year 125.1-18.118.1
Year 110.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.5-12.512.5

You usually need a formal qualification in a relevant field to work as a Book or Script Editor. Book and Script Editors often have university qualifications.

Membership with the Institute of Professional Editors Limited may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.

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Employers look for Authors, and Book and Script Editors who have strong attention to detail, can communicate clearly and are organised.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Communications and media

    81% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  2. English language

    77% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Computers and electronics

    56% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  4. Clerical

    56% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  5. Administration and management

    51% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    99% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Being exact or accurate

    98% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  3. Indoors, heat controlled

    98% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  4. Telephone

    98% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Spend time sitting

    96% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-3041.00 - Editors.

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