Proofreaders check and edit written documents, articles and books.

What does a proofreader do?

Proofreaders check and edit written documents, articles and books before they are published. You’ll provide a final quality check before written work is made available to the public. You need to have a high level of attention to detail and good spelling, punctuation and grammar skills to do this job. 

What do I need to do to become a proofreader?

You do not need to have specific post-GCSE qualifications or a degree to become a proofreader, but studying English or other humanities subjects to A level or degree standard is highly desirable. 

Related skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Literacy
  • Organisation
  • Time management
  • Word processing

Related subjects

  • Business studies
  • Drama, music, and performing arts
  • English
  • History
  • Media studies

Desirable qualifications

  • A level English

Where could I be working?

As a proofreader, you could work for a publishing house or be self-employed. 

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