Proof Readers read draft copies and proofs, detect errors and mark corrections to grammar, typing and composition.
Reviews, proofs and edits content (written or digital) across a variety of media and industries; ensuring correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, usage, consistency and brand voice in the final product.
Ensures the accuracy of all referenced facts (e.g. dates, pages and values) and double-checks cross-referenced materials (e.g. websites and newspapers).
Reviews content and style across company-wide work to ensure campaign, product and brand consistency.
Attends team meetings, provides constructive editorial input and communicates with team members to yield consistent, accurate and high-quality work products.
Improves editing processes by evaluating and recommending changes to create efficiencies.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Other Clerical & Administrative Workers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 23% of people employed as Proof Readers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 43 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 42 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Proof Readers||All Jobs Average|
Around 63% of Proof Readers live in capital cities, similar to the all jobs average of 62%.
Victoria has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Proof Readers is 53 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 65 years and over.
Females make up 77% of the workforce. This is 29 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Proof Readers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||22.9||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Proof Reader. Although some workers have a university or Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in communications, media, literature or journalism.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Proof Readers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||21.1||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||9.1||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Clerical and Administrative Workers who have good computer skills, can communicate clearly and can interact with a variety of people.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Talking to others.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
34%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
32%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
30%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
27%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Teaching people how to do something.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Using maths to solve problems.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
46%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
44%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
31%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
27%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
26%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
21%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
17%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
14%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
13%History and archeology
Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.
12%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
11%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
7%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Read and understand written information.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Write in a way that people can understand.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
43%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
36%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
18%Speed of recognition
Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
61%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
58%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
54%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
54%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
52%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
50%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
47%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
43%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
37%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
37%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
37%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
36%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
33%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
32%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
30%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
23%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
22%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
15%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
6%Working with electronic equipment
Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
98%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
97%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
95%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
95%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Use electronic mail.
Work to strict deadlines.
93%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
Work with people in a group or team.
90%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
Talk with people face-to-face.
80%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
76%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
75%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
Talk on the telephone.
72%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
62%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
61%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
53%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
52%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 43-9081.00 - Proofreaders and Copy Markers.