Proofreaders read and edit articles and manuscripts many of which will eventually be published. They are responsible for correcting any errors in grammar and graphics and for making sure the writing style of the piece they are proofreading follows the required publishing guidelines. Not only must proofreaders have excellent skills in written language but they also must be familiar with the code used to correct errors. Most proofreaders use computer software to do their job. According to the website some proofreaders also may also be responsible for getting articles or manuscripts ready for the printer by measuring the dimensions spacing and positioning of various items on each page. Proofreaders work at colleges and universities as well as for publishing companies advertising companies and public relations firms. Some do their work on a freelance basis. To be marketable proofreaders need to have a bachelor’s degree. According to the website job applicants usually have to take and pass a test to show that they are able to spot and correct errors on a sample written article. Proofreaders must be knowledgeable not only about grammar but also about the publication format of the articles or manuscripts they will be reading so that they can check for consistency and correctness of style. Also it is preferable if they have some knowledge about the field in which the articles pertain so they are sufficiently familiar with the terminology to detect any errors in spelling or word usage. Earnings for proofreaders depend on employer and industry but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ( reported that the average annual salary range for full-time proofreaders is $29460 to $46460.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $37960
High Salary: $46460
Low Salary: $29460
Tasks: Proofreads all types of written materials.
Reviews documents for typos and grammatical errors.
Ensures style consistency.
Adheres to strict deadlines.
Also Called: Editor
Copy Editor
Fact Checker
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