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Proofreaders and Copy Markers
SOC Code: 43-9081.00

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

Sample of reported job titles: Content Editor, Copy Chief, Copy Editor, Copyholder, Desk Editor, Editorial Assistant, News Copy Editor, Proofer, Proofreader, Typesetter

Tasks

  • 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.
  • Compare information or figures on one record against same data on other records, or with original copy, to detect errors.
  • Route proofs with marked corrections to authors, editors, typists, or typesetters for correction or reprinting.
  • Consult reference books or secure aid of readers to check references with rules of grammar and composition.
  • Consult with authors and editors regarding manuscript changes and suggestions.
  • Archive documents, conduct research, and read copy, using the internet and various computer programs.
  • Write original content such as headlines, cutlines, captions, and cover copy.
  • 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.
  • Read proof sheets aloud, calling out punctuation marks and spelling unusual words and proper names.

Technology Skills

  • Computer based training software - Adobe Systems Adobe Captivate
  • Data base user interface and query software - FileMaker Pro; Microsoft Access ; Style guide databases
  • Desktop publishing software - Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker; Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign ; Quark Xpress
  • Document management software - Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator ; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop ; Microsoft Visio
  • Internet protocol IP multimedia subsystem software - File transfer protocol FTP client software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Apple iWork Keynote; Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Program testing software - Bugzilla
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Video creation and editing software - Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects; Apple Final Cut Pro X; Avid Technology Media Composer
  • Web page creation and editing software - Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver ; HP Autonomy TeamSite; WordPress
  • Word processing software - Adobe Systems Adobe InCopy; Microsoft Word ; Serenity Software Editor; Whitesmoke (see all 11 examples)

Tools Used

  • High capacity removable media drives - Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Inkjet fax machine - Inkjet facsimile machines
  • Laser fax machine - Laser facsimile machines
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopiers - Copy machines
  • Rulers - Printers' rulers
  • Scanners - Computer data input scanners
  • Tablet computers
  • Videoconferencing systems - Videoconferencing equipment

Knowledge

  • 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.

Skills

  • 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.

Abilities

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Interests

  • Interest code: CA
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
    • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Context

  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 94% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 85% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 79% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 73% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Electronic Mail - 84% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 70% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 67% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 75% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 66% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 26% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 28% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 59% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Telephone - 31% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 33% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 19% responded “Very little freedom.”
  • Physical Proximity - 51% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 28% responded “Not important at all.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
47%Bachelor's degree
23%Associate's degree
12%Some college, no degree

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $18.05 hourly, $37,550 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 14,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Slower than average (2% to 4%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 2,200

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