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Proofreaders & Copy Markers

Also called: Copy Chief, Copy Editor, Proofreader, Typesetter

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:
  • 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.
  • Correct or record omissions, errors, or inconsistencies found.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • multimedia
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
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems


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
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Cooperation
  • Persistence


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 Illustrator Hot Technology
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software Hot Technology
Desktop publishing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign Hot Technology


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate'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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