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Proofreaders and editorial assistants

OaSIS code 14301.03

Proofreaders and editorial assistants assist in the preparation of periodicals, advertisements, catalogues, directories and other material for publication by conducting research, verifying facts and detecting grammatical, typographical or compositional errors.

Overview

Also known as

  • Copyright clerk
  • Editing clerk
  • Editorial assistant
  • Proofreader
  • Publication clerk
  • Translation clerk

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Assist in the preparation of periodicals, advertisements, catalogues, directories and other material for publication
  • Verify facts and conduct research
  • Read material prior to publication to detect and mark for correction any grammatical, typographical or compositional errors.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (11202)
  • Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers (12012)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

1 – Business, finance and administration occupations

TEER

4 – Occupations usually require a secondary school diploma; or several weeks of on-the-job training

Major group

14 – Administrative and financial support and supply chain logistics occupations

Sub-major group

143 – Library, correspondence and other clerks

Minor group

1430 – Library, correspondence and other clerks

Unit group

14301 – Correspondence, publication and regulatory clerks

Occupational profile

14301.03 – Proofreaders and editorial assistants

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
3 - Moderate Level
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
3 - Moderate Level
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance
3 - Moderate Level
Getting Information
3 - Moderate Level
Interacting with Computers
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
2 - Low amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Standing
Duration
0 – Not applicable
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
2 - Less than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day

Workplaces/employers

  • Establishements throughout the private and public sector
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals
  • Publishing firms

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Near Vision
4 - High Level
Memorizing
3 - Moderate Level
Verbal Ability
3 - Moderate Level
Written Comprehension
3 - Moderate Level
Written Expression
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Oral Communication: Oral Comprehension
3 - Moderate Level
Reading Comprehension
3 - Moderate Level
Writing
3 - Moderate Level
Critical Thinking
2 - Low Level
Evaluation
2 - Low Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Independence
4 - Highly important
Adaptability
3 - Important
Analytical Thinking
3 - Important