A copy editor/proofreader is responsible for ensuring that a text is readable, accurate, and ready for publication. They correct grammar and spelling, ensure the text is in line with the publisher's style, check facts, and raise queries with the author when necessary. They also communicate and work with the production team to ensure that content is published on time. An average copy editor/proofreader earns $65,000 annually or $31 per hour.
Copy editors/proofreaders primarily ensure that the final draft of a publication is free of errors, easy to read, and fits its editorial style. They are mainly employed in magazines, newspapers, and online publications, while others work on a freelance basis and take on multiple assignments for various companies. Their duties include writing headlines and subheads for articles and creating page layouts consisting of articles, photographs, and advertisements.
Copy editors/proofreaders typically hold a bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, English, or other related fields. They are expected to have on-the-job training by enrolling in an internship program. Some employers prefer candidates with excellent writing skills and general knowledge of publishing concepts.