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Between 2006 and 2009, 0.4% of working doctoral graduates, or 55 working doctoral graduates, were known to have been working as editors six months after graduation.
Doctoral graduates commonly go to work in the academic publishing industry, a small niche of the publishing sector as a whole, and there are numerous editorial opportunities at degree level that are also open to doctoral graduates. However, there may be more competition from graduates from other qualification levels.
Doctoral level editors are classified under the ‘other occupation' doctoral employment cluster. An editor's work is varied. The role is mostly associated with ensuring that the contents of books and magazines are of a suitable standard and quality for publishing. Editors commission work by finding authors or responding to book proposals. In magazine publishing, editors commission writers to produce articles and features. They also ensure authors deliver typescripts to specification and on time. This occupation is a mid to senior level post requiring suitable experience and ability.
For doctoral graduates, editing roles are very commonly with academic journals and their publishers, but the whole range of editorial options within publishing and journalism are open to graduates with doctoral qualifications.