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Proof Reader
Proof readers read the trial copy or proof of the material to be printed along with the original copy to be sure there are no errors. Using a standardised code, proofreaders note any grammatical, typographical or compositional errors on the proof. Some proof readers read and note corrections on the proof while others (copyholders) read the original aloud.

In addition, proof readers may measure dimensions, spacing and positioning of page elements to be sure they meet specifications. After the corrections have been noted, proof readers return proofs for correction and later check the corrected proof against the original.

Satisfying Aspects
- seeing an error-free product
- the opportunity to do freelance work

Demanding aspects
- working in a noisy, composing room
- performing repetitive tasks
- having to sit for long periods of time
- deadline pressures

A proof-reader should:
- have the ability to concentrate under noisy conditions;
- enjoy performing routine work tasks;
- 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).

School Subjects
National Senior Certificate

Compulsory Subjects: Languages
Recommended Subjects: Computer Applications

Proof-readers are usually trained in the work situation. Most printing houses first employ proofreaders as copyholders. Copyholders read original manuscripts aloud while experienced proofreaders make the proper corrections at the same time.

- printing and publishing companies that produce books, magazines and newspapers
- commercial printing shops that do work for small companies with no printing facilities
- government departments e.g. the Government Printing Works
- self-employment, doing freelance work

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