How do I Become a Financial Editor?

Sarah Sullins
Sarah Sullins
Large newspapers might employ financial editors.
Large newspapers might employ financial editors.

Many times, a person who wishes to become a financial editor must have at least a four-year degree in English, journalism, or communications. Some companies also require that an applicant possess a minor degree or another four-year degree in finance or business. A business editor might also need a year or two of experience before he can acquire a decent financial editor job.

A financial editor must have at least a four-year degree in communications, English or journalism.
A financial editor must have at least a four-year degree in communications, English or journalism.

To become a financial editor it is almost always essential that a person acquires a degree in communications, journalism, or English. An editor must know how to fix any mistakes that other writers may have made, and he also must be able to write his own articles. When a four-year degree is obtained, it demonstrates to the company that is considering the applicant that he has a strong grip on the English language and that he knows how to write well.

A dual degree or a minor in finance or business may be used to become a financial editor. Many of the responsibilities of this kind of editor include information in areas of accounting, debt management, taxes, and other money-related issues. A financial editor will sometimes be responsible for understanding and stating the current financial issues and progress in the area where he lives.

Numerous financial editors work in newspaper offices. Many other places of employment will hire business editors as well. An editor can work for a television news company, a bank, a large or small financial company, a magazine, or various other places. Each different company or business will have various requirements that an applicant must fulfill before he can be hired.

Experience is important for most of these types of jobs, even if the applicant has a degree or two. To become a financial editor, some applicants begin at the bottom of the ladder as beat writers and work their way up to becoming the editor. Others must rely on low-paying or non-paying internships to gain experience in the field in which they want to work. Many companies will not hire a financial editor if he does not have at least a year of experience.

Outside of the United States, the requirements to become a financial editor are usually the same. Generally, any applicant must have at least a four-year degree. The use of other languages might be important, though, depending on the country the company is located in. Some businesses will even require that their business editors speak two or more different languages.

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    • Large newspapers might employ financial editors.
      By: spinetta
      Large newspapers might employ financial editors.
    • A financial editor must have at least a four-year degree in communications, English or journalism.
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      A financial editor must have at least a four-year degree in communications, English or journalism.