Newspaper or Periodical Editors plan and direct editing of publications, such as newspapers, magazines or journals, in accordance with editorial policies and guidelines and accepted rules of grammar, style and format prior to printing and distribution.

Specialisations: Features Editor, News Editor, Pictures Editor, Subeditor, Website/Blog Editor.

You can work as a Newspaper or Periodical Editor without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Newspaper and Periodical Editors often have university qualifications.

Tasks

  • Makes decisions about the specific content of publications in conjunction with other senior editors and in accordance with editorial policies and guidelines.
  • Reviews copy for publications to ensure conformity with accepted rules of grammar, style and format, coherence of story, and accuracy, legality and probity of content.

All Journalists and Other Writers

  • $1,576 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Newspaper and Periodical Editors

  • 4,400 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 68% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 60% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Newspaper and Periodical Editors (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 5,100 in 2011 to 4,400 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Newspaper and Periodical Editors work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (68%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 60% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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 Telecommunications59.1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8.1
Public Administration and Safety6.4
Education and Training5.4
Other Industries21.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateNewspaper and Periodical EditorsAll Jobs Average
NSW45.331.6
VIC26.225.6
QLD13.120.0
SA4.27.0
WA5.610.8
TAS1.62.0
NT0.51.0
ACT3.61.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketNewspaper and Periodical EditorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.9-5.05.0
20-247.0-9.39.3
25-3430.2-22.922.9
35-4426.1-22.022.0
45-5420.3-21.621.6
55-597.3-9.09.0
60-644.4-6.06.0
65 and Over3.8-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationNewspaper and Periodical EditorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate18.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree50.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV4.4-21.121.1
Year 1215.0-18.118.1
Year 111.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.8-12.512.5

You can work as a Newspaper or Periodical Editor without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Newspaper and Periodical Editors often have university qualifications.

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Employers look for Journalists and Writers who are literate and can interact well with others.

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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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Demands

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

  1. Electronic Mail

    99% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  2. Being Exact or Accurate

    98% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    98% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  4. Telephone

    98% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  5. Spend Time Sitting

    96% Important

    How much time do you spend sitting?

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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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