MBTI® Test INFP Proofreader or Copyeditor

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Conventional, Artistic (CA) (GOT)

A career as a proofreader or copyeditor requires certain innate personality preferences and characteristics.

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It can often aid your career to be of the particular Myers-Briggs test (MBTI®) personality type that coincides with the career you are interested in. Some of the most important qualities necessary for this career are dedication, being flexible as well as having the ability to work alone for long periods of time while editing extensive bodies of writing. These characteristics reflect the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI test) Introverted-Intuitive-Feeling-Perceiving INFP type.

Proofreaders and copyeditors spend most of their days with their noses buried in proofs and transcripts (depending on the industry), checking various documents for issues of grammar, style, typography, and composition. Proofreaders and copyeditors are necessary in a variety of fields, from publishing and media to business and medicine. Their job is to record and correct any problems in written documents that shouldn’t be included in the final product. On a daily basis, individuals in this occupation could perform any of the following tasks: checking reference books and style guides for consistency and accuracy; look over proofs in various stages of the proofing process; ensure that corrections were made on a previous set of proofs; check the facts or any other references provided in the document; and ensure that all grammar is correct in the written piece.

In order to succeed in this position, proofreaders and copyeditors should have an exceptional grasp of their specific language (in this case, English), as well as excellent writing and reading skills. They must also possess proficient verbal communication skills, as they will often have to explain issues to others if they do not understand a correction. Furthermore, proofreaders and copyeditors require a certain level of speediness, as they are often driven by ever-present deadlines. Good reasoning and expression skills are also important for this career. Because of the level of working knowledge necessary for a career as a proofreader or copyeditor, a Bachelor’s degree is almost always required.

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Additionally, as INFP MBTI personality types are known to be caring and understanding as well as patient, this holds well for the work roll a proofreader and copyeditor must play when relating to, checking in with, and co-existing with supervisors, co-workers and subordinates. This especially holds true for the sensitive nature of editing another person’s work, which can at times be tricky when dealing with other personalities, which an INFP is know to excel at.

Below are some employment trends for Proofreaders and Copyeditors:

  • Median wage: $19.54 hourly, $40,630 annually
  • Employment: 14,700 employees
  • Projected growth (2018-2028): Average (4% to 6%)
  • Projected job openings (2018-2028): 2,100

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Click on one of these corresponding popular INFP Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Income Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education: Audiovisual Specialist, Broadcast Technician, Craft Artist, Film or Video Editor, Fine Artist, Food Preparation Worker, Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners, Occupational Therapist, Proofreader or Copyeditor, Technical Writer.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org

MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)