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Proofreaders & Copy Markers

Also called: Assistant Editor, Copy Editor, Desk Editor, Proofreader

What they do:
Read transcript or proof type setup to detect and mark for correction any grammatical, typographical, or compositional errors. Includes proofreaders of Braille.
On the job, you would:
  • Correct or record omissions, errors, or inconsistencies found.
  • Mark copy to indicate and correct errors in type, arrangement, grammar, punctuation, or spelling, using standard printers' marks.
  • Read corrected copies or proofs to ensure that all corrections have been made.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • philisophy and religion
  • multimedia
  • administrative services
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • writing things for co-workers or customers
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Concern for Others


You might use software like this on the job:

Word processing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InCopy
  • Microsoft Word
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
Desktop publishing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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