Scholarly publishing is a vibrant industry employing approximately 150 000 people worldwide and generating global revenues of over $15 billion. While it has underpinned scholarly research for more than 350 years it is also an innovative industry that has a strong track record of embracing new technology and business models. Roles are varied including marketing, technology, project and supplier management, commissioning, journalism and scientific writing, editorial development, sales, and business management. Career prospects are good and while scholarly publishers exist in most countries, the USA, UK, Netherlands and Germany each have particularly strong scholarly publishing industries. Many of those recruited to scholarly publishing have degrees in scientific subjects and see publishing as an opportunity to work in an area which continues to offer close contact with the research environment. But what sort of roles are on offer, what kind of skill-sets are required, what kind of career path could you expect, and what do you need to do to get your first job in publishing?