risk level
Based on 227 votes
-5.1 %
by year 2032
or $35.13 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

45% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Negotiation

  • Persuasion

User poll

45% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 45% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Editors will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Editors' job openings is expected to decline 5.1% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Editors' was $73,080, or $35 per hour

'Editors' were paid 57.8% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 101,430 people employed as 'Editors' within the United States.

This represents around 0.07% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Editors'.

Job description

Plan, coordinate, revise, or edit written material. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication.

SOC Code: 27-3041.00


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SW (Low) says
Editors shouldn’t be concerned about AI replacing them. They should be concerned about being replaced by editors who know how to use AI.
TL;DR: Keep your skills current and learn how to use AI as a tool. Work smarter not harder.
Aug 17, 2023 at 11:23 AM
Heather (Low) says
I am a marketing editor and know the human nuances required to create relevant and unique copy.
Mar 18, 2023 at 03:59 PM
Jay says
Highly likely to see AI replace many jobs. It will only get better from here in out. Human editors will merely review the information generated. I believe AI will increase in emotional intelligence.
Feb 20, 2023 at 05:07 AM
Zio says
Even if AI reaches a point at which it can write technical concepts, such as some bots we see today, there will still be a need for editors to look over everything afterwards and change the initial style and way of writing to fit the current emotional and social stance towards the audience or group of people the writing is intended. So maybe there will be a decrease for the need of editors but not full on automation until AI truly gains emotional intelligence.
Jan 08, 2020 at 12:56 AM
papa danya (Low) says
My answer is based on the progress in machine translation we have seen over the last, say, 25 years. Editing (not generating smooth texts out of pre-processed blocks) requires a level of language capabilities yet unseen in AI-powered solutions.
Sep 27, 2019 at 11:04 AM
Kyle. Raposo (No chance) says
It involves creativity, so unless we get a smart enough AI to have its own creativity and personality than there is no chance.
May 09, 2019 at 05:14 PM

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