Proofreaders and Copy Markers

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About the Job

Read transcript or proof type setup to detect and mark for correction any grammatical, typographical, or compositional errors. Includes proofreaders of Braille.

It is also Called

  • Typesetter
  • Proofreader
  • Proofer
  • Production Proofreader
  • Online Content Coordinator
  • News Copy Editor
  • Format Proofreader
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Digital Content Coordinator
  • Desk Editor
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What They Do

  • Read proof sheets aloud, calling out punctuation marks and spelling unusual words and proper names.
  • Typeset and measure dimensions, spacing, and positioning of page elements, such as copy and illustrations, to verify conformance to specifications, using printer's ruler or layout software.
  • Write original content such as headlines, cutlines, captions, and cover copy.
  • Archive documents, conduct research, and read copy, using the internet and various computer programs.
  • Consult with authors and editors regarding manuscript changes and suggestions.
  • Consult reference books or secure aid of readers to check references with rules of grammar and composition.
  • Route proofs with marked corrections to authors, editors, typists, or typesetters for correction or reprinting.
  • Compare information or figures on one record against same data on other records, or with original copy, to detect errors.
  • Correct or record omissions, errors, or inconsistencies found.
  • Read corrected copies or proofs to ensure that all corrections have been made.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: S.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Achievement and Recognition in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $36,120 with most people making between $23,680 and $54,840

Outlook

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During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 580 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 570 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 10 replacement openings for approximately 10 total annual openings.



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