Proof Readers read draft copies and proofs, detect errors and mark corrections to grammar, typing and composition.

    You can work as a Proof Reader without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Proof Readers often have university qualifications.

    Tasks

    • 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.

    All Other Clerical & Administrative Workers

    • $1,383 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Proof Readers

    • 300 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 23% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 53 years Average age
    • 77% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Proof Readers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 390 in 2011 to 300 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Proof Readers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (23%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 53 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (66%).
    • Gender: 77% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services35.3
    Information Media and Telecommunications20.3
    Manufacturing9.4
    Education and Training9.4
    Other Industries25.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateProof ReadersAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.431.6
    VIC29.125.6
    QLD20.620.0
    SA8.17.0
    WA6.110.8
    TAS1.42.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT2.41.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketProof ReadersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.4-5.05.0
    20-247.4-9.39.3
    25-3411.6-22.922.9
    35-4413.7-22.022.0
    45-5419.0-21.621.6
    55-599.9-9.09.0
    60-6414.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over22.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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.
    Type of QualificationProof ReadersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate21.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree29.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV6.6-21.121.1
    Year 1215.3-18.118.1
    Year 116.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below9.1-12.512.5

    You can work as a Proof Reader without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Proof Readers often have university qualifications.

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    Employers look for Clerical and Administrative Workers who have good computer skills, can communicate clearly and can interact with a variety of people.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. English Language

      71% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    2. Computers and Electronics

      46% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    3. Communications and Media

      44% Skill level

      Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

    4. Clerical

      41% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    5. Administration and Management

      31% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Being Exact or Accurate

      98% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    2. Spend Time Sitting

      97% Important

      How much time do you spend sitting?

    3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      95% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    4. Contact With Others

      95% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    5. Electronic Mail

      94% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

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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.

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