Digital Editing Professional: Job Description & Career Info

Digital editors get to be on the front line of new media production on items ranging from films, videos and music from the entertainment industry, to the latest in online corporate, government or educational media. Consider a career as a digital editing professional if you find both the technical and creative aspects of new media appealing.

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Career Definition for a Digital Editing Professional

Digital editing involves transferring film and audio into computer formats capable of being modified in a digital editor. Scenes are trimmed, cut, and arranged to create a fluid and coherent story. Dialog, music and computer graphics or computer generated imagery (CGI) are inserted and the product is divided into sequences, edited to eliminate errors and reviewed to ensure it follows the scripts, both the creator's priorities and intent as well as meeting the instructions of the producers. Careers in digital editing can be found in the film and television industry, broadcasting and communications or within production and editing houses. Compositing audio and video is also used in podcasts editing, audio filtering and a wide range of other media editing processes.

Education Bachelor's degree
Job Skills Computer and software literacy, good communication and troubleshooting skills, and the ability to cooperate creatively
Median Salary (2015)* $61,750 (for all film and video editors)
Job Growth (2014-2024)* 18% (for all film and video editors)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education Required

A bachelor's degree in digital editing, digital video editing, or a similar program providing both technical and conceptual study will cover the basic knowledge required for a job as a digital editor. Prior work experience culminating into a design portfolio may also be needed. Entry level jobs will generally also include in-house training.

Required Skills

Those pursuing a career in digital editing require a high degree of computer and software literacy, communication skills and the ability to cooperate in a creative environment. Troubleshooting and selecting the appropriate editing equipment are also important skills for someone wanting to become a digital editing professional.

Career and Economic Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for all film and video editors, which includes digital editors, was $61,750 as of May 2015. As in the related fields of graphic design and multimedia, company and job location can all greatly affect the salary range of a given position. Great change in the number of jobs for these professionals was expected from 2014-2024, with 18% growth predicted by the BLS.

Alternate Career Options

Similar careers to a digital editing professional include:

Multimedia Artist and Animator

With a bachelor's degree in fields like art or computer graphics, these professionals seek jobs creating visual effects and animation for media, including movies, video games and television. Slower than average job increases of 6% were expected during the 2014-2024 decade, and the BLS reported an annual median salary of $63,970 in 2015.


Normally having a bachelor's degree in journalism, English or communications, editors then pursue employment reviewing and revising content for publications. Little or no employment growth was expected in editing positions from 2014-2024, with a potential decline of 5% projected by the BLS. In 2015, the BLS noted that editors earned an annual median wage of $56,010.

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