Editing: A Plausible Career Choice

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Heather L. Wade (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
Web Site: http://www.uncp.edu/academics/library
Richard Vela

Abstract: This project aims to explore the plausibility of editing as a career choice and what that career would entail by examining available research and by consulting with those already in the profession. Further, the research also seeks to examine the different methods through which an individual can enter the profession and the level of satisfaction professionals experience as it may correlate to the method of entry and to their salary. Other goals of this research include ascertaining which methods of entry prove most useful, along with what degrees would be most beneficial, if any. The study was conducted using a simple, twelve-question survey containing questions related to the overall research and was targeted towards editors working for different publishing companies. The study provides useful information about editing and the tasks involved, even though the results of the survey were not as complete as hoped due to a lower response rate than anticipated. With further research and more responses from people in the field, this study could provide even more beneficial information not only about editing, but also about the best methods of entering the field.

Additional Information

Honors Project
Esther G. Maynor Honors College
Language: English
Date: 2015
Careers, Career Choice and Development, Editing, Book Industries and Trade, Publishers and Publishing

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