5.0/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $30.45 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 45% (Start worrying)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Editors' job openings is expected to decline by -5.1% by 2031
'Editors' is expected to be a very slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Editors' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Editors' was $63,350, or $30.45 hourly
'Editors' are paid 38.4% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as editors?

As of 2021 there were 88,780 people employed as Editors within the United States.
This represents around 0.06% 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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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 (Small chance) 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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