If you love magazines, are well read, a good writer and interested in great design, a career in magazine publishing might be ideal for you.

Top Jobs in Magazines and Publishing

The exciting world of publishing can be a glamorous field to work in for creative people with a passion for print. Editors, writers, photographers and many others all help to bring magazines together, and listed below are 7 jobs in magazine publishing that may appeal to you:

Art Director

Art directors are responsible for the look of a magazine. If you notice, Vanity Fair has quite a different look than, say, Entertainment Weekly; this is, in large part the work of art directors who oversee how the words and pictures on every page of the magazine will match up to create a cohesive and signature look.

Copy Editor

Someone needs to make sure all the stories in the magazine check out, grammatically; that someone is the copy editor.

Copy editors combat dangling modifiers, errant commas and every other grammatical no-no in the book. If you’re passionate about language — specifically grammar and usage — a job as a copy editor could be perfect for you.


Fact Checker

Every story that appears in a magazine needs to be checked for accuracy; this is where a fact checker comes in. All magazines rely on fact checkers to ensure that quotes and all factual information included in an article are accurate. If you’re someone who’s good with detail, and appreciates research and the fact-finding aspect of journalism, this is the right job for you.

Magazine Editor

Magazine editors are the wordsmiths behind the content in magazines. While some editors do more writing, others are more heavily involved with assigning stories and editing them. A good assigning editor needs to have a Rolodex full of strong writers to contact and usually many years of experience as a writer and assistant editor before making the leap to magazine editor.

Photo Editor

Photo editors oversee, as you probably guessed, the photography that appears in a magazine. Although most photo editors don’t actually take the pictures — their job is primarily to hire other photographers to do that — it’s up to them to ensure that the right image winds up on the page. If you have a great eye for design, a background in photography, and love working with professionals in the field, this may be a great job for you.


There are many different roles in advertising that contribute to the success of a major magazine. In order to be able to afford producing well written articles and beautiful spreads, magazines have to sell and produce advertisements that are featured in the magazine to generate revenue.

Major magazines usually have an in house advertising department that handles accounts, ad copy and final advertisements. You can aspire to work as an advertising director, account manager, copy writer or copy chief depending on your prior experience.


A lot of work also goes into ensuring the magazine’s intended audience knows about the magazine. Effort is put into public relations, events, promotional materials and social media to reinforce branding and sell copies of the magazine. On a magazine’s masthead you will be able to find titles such as marketing director, marketing manager, social media manager or marketing intern.