Work as a human spell-checker and scrutinize every published sentence.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$19,000 – $51,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Proofreaders do?

A Proofreader is a human spellchecker, making sure written words are grammatically correct. This requires having an excellent relationship with the English language as well as having impeccable grammar and spelling skills, a keen eye and an astute attention to detail.

A good Proofreader contributes to the quality and integrity of a written product. Everyday in your community someone is creating a newsletter, brochure or print ad, and while they may have written great copy, chances are good that they’ve made grammatical errors. Your work turns that rough cut into a polished, professional publication, so readers can concentrate on the message instead of the mistakes.

Most Proofreaders work in newspapers, books, and magazines. Within these industries you fill a position that is low on the totem pole, but high on the responsibility meter. Your position is deadline oriented, so being time-conscious while simultaneously being thorough is paramount. In addition to ensuring perfection with correct spelling, punctuation and grammar, a Proofreader keeps a check that consistency is maintained throughout the piece including spacing, font use, photo placement and even page numbers.

Human error is the virtual life-blood for Proofreaders. So if you’re the type of person who can’t help but notice typos and misspellings in nearly everything you read, you could be a natural-born Proofreader. To turn your talent into a job, you’ll need to have some formal references in addition to your gut instincts. This means you’ll need to know the standardized Proofreader’s marks and be familiar with writing style guides such as the Gregg Reference Manual.

Should I be a Proofreader?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Clerical Proofreader, Format Proofreader, Printed-Forms Proofreader, Proofer

    How to become a Proofreader

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