How to become a copy editor
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- specialist training courses with professional bodies
- a graduate training scheme
Many copy editors have a degree. Most subjects are accepted.
A degree in publishing, media, English or a related subject may improve your chances of finding work.
To work in a specialist area, employers will prefer you to have a subject-related degree.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You can work towards this role through an advanced apprenticeship as a publishing assistant.
Employers will set their own entry requirements.
You could start as an editorial assistant in a publishing company and build up your experience of proofreading and text editing. This would also allow you to build a portfolio of work, to showcase your skills to potential employers.
Employers will often expect you to have some experience in the publishing industry.
You could get experience in the publishing industry from:
- job shadowing
- editing and proofreading student magazines and websites
- admin work in a publishing company
Professional and industry bodies
You could join a professional organisation like The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP).
You can also find out more about working in this and other creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.