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Job Title - Proof Reader


A Proof Reader reads the trial copy or proof of the material to be printed along with the original copy to be sure there are no errors.

Typical Job Activities

Uses a standardised code
Records any grammatical, typographical or compositional errors on the proof
Checks the copy and make corrections on the proof while another person (copy holder) reads the original aloud
Measures dimensions, spacing and positioning of page elements to be sure they meet the specifications
Returns the proof for correction and later checks the corrected proof against the original

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Related Occupations

Copy holder

Educational Requirements

One year or less or on the job training at any reputable publishing or printing house

Compulsory subjects: Languages
Recommended subjects: None

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Have the ability to concentrate under noisy conditions
Be able to enjoy performing routine work tasks
Be able to work accurately and quickly, even under pressure
Pay close attention to details
Follow directions closely
Have good vision and stamina
Have good work habits
Be bilingual and have a good command of languages (especially English)

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Employment Opportunities


Market Competitiveness


Income Potential


Self-Employment Options


International Employment Market


Possible Employers

Government - national, provincial, local councils and related organisations - the Government Printing Works
Big private companies - Printing and publishing companies that produce books, magazines and newspapers
Medium or small Companies - Commercial printing shops that do work for small companies with no printing facilities
Self-employed: Contractor or freelance

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Relevant Contact Details

The Printing Industries Federation of South Africa

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific field
Work performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field
Contractor or freelance

Employment Stability

Not very stable

Reasons to consider this career

A job in government
A job in private companies
To start own business
To work with languages
To not have to study theories
To apply special skills
To work independently