Jobholders in this unit group investigate and write up stories and features for broadcasting and for newspapers, magazines and other periodicals, evaluate and manage their style and content and oversee the editorial direction of these types of output and publication.


  • Provides learning and cultural experiences through events such as author talks, reading groups, formal and informal teaching.
  • Promotes library services through displays and talks.
  • Manages library borrowing and inter-library loan facilities.
  • Establishes information storage systems to deal with queries and to maintain up to date records.
  • Identifies the information needs of clients, seeks out and evaluates information sources.
  • Prepares and circulates abstracts, bibliographies, book lists, etc..
  • Collects, classifies and catalogues information, books and other material.
  • Selects and arranges for the acquisition of books, periodicals, audio-visual and other material.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 42% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£41,871 Average wage

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for journalist, newspaper or periodical editor is £41,871

482 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 482. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for journalist, newspaper or periodical editor roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £41,871 per year. That is about £3,489 per month or £21.47 per hour. New workers generally start on £11,788, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £37,541

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 482 people are employed in the region.

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