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OaSIS code 51110.00

Editors review, evaluate and edit manuscripts, articles, news reports and other material for publication, broadcast or interactive media and coordinate the activities of writers, journalists and other staff.


Also known as

  • Advertising editor
  • Associate editor
  • Contributing editor
  • Copy editor
  • Editor
  • Editorial consultant
  • Literary editor
  • Manuscript editor
  • News service editor
  • Sports editor
  • Technical editor

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Evaluate suitability of manuscripts, articles, news copy and wire service dispatches for publication, broadcast or electronic media and recommend or make changes in content, style and organization
  • Read and edit copy to be published or broadcast to detect and correct errors in spelling, grammar and syntax, and shorten or lengthen copy as space or time requires
  • Confer with authors, staff writers, reporters and others regarding revisions to copy
  • Plan and implement layout or format of copy according to space or time allocations and significance of copy
  • Plan and coordinate activities of staff and assure production deadlines are met
  • Plan coverage of upcoming events and assign work accordingly
  • Write or prepare introductions, marketing and promotional materials, bibliographic references, indexes and other text
  • May negotiate royalties with authors and arrange for payment of freelance staff.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory and management positions, such as editor-in-chief or managing editor, is possible with experience.
  • Editors may specialize in a particular subject area, such as news, sports or features, or in a particular type of publication, such as books, magazines, newspapers or manuals.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere


  • Authors and writers (except technical) (51111)
  • Journalists (51113)
  • Translator-reviser (in 51114.01 Translators and translator-revisers)
  • Sound editor (in 52113.00 Audio and video recording technicians)
  • Film editors (51120.05)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport


1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major group

51 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Sub-major group

511 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Minor group

5111 – Writing, translating and related communications professionals

Unit group

51110 – Editors

Occupational profile

51110.00 – Editors

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Clerical Activities
4 - High Level
Getting Information
4 - High Level
Judging Quality
4 - High Level
Making Decisions
4 - High Level
Planning and Organizing
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

5 - All the time, or almost all the time
1 - Very little time
Bending or Twisting the Body
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
4 - Every day, a few times per day
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
4 - Highly important
3 - Once a week or more but not every day


  • Journals
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Publishing departments of companies
  • Publishing departments within government
  • Publishing firms
  • Radio stations
  • Self-employment/free-lance
  • Television stations and networks

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.


Proficiency or complexity level
Written Comprehension
5 - Highest Level
Written Expression
5 - Highest Level
Perceptual Speed
4 - High Level
Speech Clarity
4 - High Level
Verbal Ability
4 - High Level


Proficiency or complexity level
Reading Comprehension
5 - Highest Level
Time Management
5 - Highest Level
5 - Highest Level
4 - High Level
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important