Proofreaders and Copy Markers

risk level
Based on 84 votes
by year 2032
or $21.83 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

100% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

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We haven't found any important qualities of this job that can't be easily automated

User poll

70% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 100% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Proofreaders and Copy Markers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Proofreaders and Copy Markers' job openings is expected to rise 2.4% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Proofreaders and Copy Markers' was $45,410, or $21 per hour

'Proofreaders and Copy Markers' were paid 1.9% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 5,120 people employed as 'Proofreaders and Copy Markers' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 28 thousand people are employed as 'Proofreaders and Copy Markers'.

Job description

Read transcript or proof type setup to detect and mark for correction any grammatical, typographical, or compositional errors. Excludes workers whose primary duty is editing copy. Includes proofreaders of braille.

SOC Code: 43-9081.00


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John (Low) says
AI is fine for "yes or no" corrections of text - misspelled words, grammar. But it doesn't have the sense of context, of being able to identify when a piece of text perhaps needs to be "wrong" for effect or format. Or identifying tone or whether something is libelous or off-brand/off-message. If you need evidence of how AI is imperfect when it comes to correcting text, consider how frequently auto-correct and similar predictive tools - and even spell check (which is far from 100% perfect) go wrong.
Aug 23, 2019 at 05:16 PM
Joe Jo says
Have you heard of Grammarly?
Jul 06, 2020 at 02:00 AM

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