We surveyed 1,189 proofreaders to learn what personality traits and interests make them unique. Here are the results.

Holland Codes

Proofreaders are conventional and artistic

Proofreaders tend to be predominantly conventional individuals, meaning that they are usually detail-oriented and organized, and like working in a structured environment. They also tend to be artistic, meaning that they are creative and original and work well in a setting that allows for self-expression.

If you are one or both of these archetypes, you may be well suited to be a proofreader. However, if you are realistic, this is probably not a good career for you. Unsure of where you fit in? Take the career test now.

Here’s how the Holland codes of the average proofreader break down:

Big Five

The top personality traits of proofreaders are openness and social responsibility

Proofreaders score highly on openness, which means they are usually curious, imaginative, and value variety. They also tend to be high on the measure of social responsibility, indicating that they desire fair outcomes and have a general concern for others.

Once again, let’s break down the components of the personality of an average proofreader: