Proofreaders and Copy Markers

1.8/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $21.12 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 100% (You are doomed)

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Proofreaders and Copy Markers' job openings is expected to rise 2.4% by 2031
'Proofreaders and Copy Markers' is expected to be a slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Proofreaders and Copy Markers' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Proofreaders and Copy Markers' was $43,940, or $21.12 hourly
'Proofreaders and Copy Markers' are paid 4.0% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as proofreaders and copy markers?

As of 2021 there were 5,340 people employed as Proofreaders and Copy Markers within the United States.
This represents around 0.004% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 26 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 (Small chance) 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
Cain says
Hi, proofreader here.

Grammarly is currently an imperfect software, but I'm confident that in the long-run language programs such as GPT-3 will improve their ability to determine context. I expect I'll first be using them in tandem to edit substandard writing before it learns enough to shove me into the UBI line.
Apr 14, 2021 at 11:59 PM

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