There are currently an estimated 127,400 editors in the United States. The editor job market is expected to shrink by -1.4% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are editors?

CareerExplorer rates editors with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 4,500 editors. That number is based on the retirement of 6,300 existing editors.

Are editors in demand?

Due to a general decline in the publishing industry, competition for editor jobs, especially those with established newspapers and magazines, is projected to be very robust. Coveted positions with major broadcasting and publishing firms tend to be concentrated in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. The best jobs in all locations, however, will go to candidates who possess technical and internet proficiency and are adept at editing and writing online digital content. Editors who supplement their journalism or communications degree with training in electronic publishing, graphics, multimedia production, and Web design will have a definite edge securing a position in a field with shrinking prospects. Aspiring editors will expand their employability by looking beyond magazines and newspapers and considering employment or freelance opportunities presented by publishing companies, marketing and advertising firms, political groups, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. These sectors frequently need trained editors to review, refine, clarify, and finalize a variety of documents for publication.

What’s the supply of editors?

The editor industry is concentrated in New York, California, Texas

Editor job market by state

State Name Employed Editors
New York 19,160
California 10,940
Texas 5,710
Florida 4,540
Illinois 4,220
Virginia 3,590
District of Columbia 3,260
Pennsylvania 3,210
Massachusetts 3,140
New Jersey 2,920
Minnesota 2,470
Ohio 2,400
Maryland 2,230
Georgia 2,200
North Carolina 2,190
Colorado 1,890
Wisconsin 1,830
Washington 1,770
Michigan 1,560
Tennessee 1,290
Missouri 1,220
Indiana 1,110
Utah 1,020
Connecticut 990
Iowa 930
Arizona 910
Oregon 900
Kentucky 900
South Carolina 800
Oklahoma 680
Kansas 590
Nevada 540
Alabama 490
New Hampshire 470
Louisiana 450
Hawaii 420
Nebraska 420
Idaho 410
Arkansas 400
Maine 380
Mississippi 370
New Mexico 350
Puerto Rico 320
Vermont 290
Montana 260
Rhode Island 220
West Virginia 190
South Dakota 170
North Dakota 150
Wyoming 130
Delaware 120
Alaska 80