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Prepress Technicians & Workers

Also called: Prepress Technician, Electronic Prepress Operator (EPP Operator), Plate Maker, Prepress Operator

What they do:
Format and proof text and images submitted by designers and clients into finished pages that can be printed. Includes digital and photo typesetting. May produce printing plates.
On the job, you would:
  • Enter, store, and retrieve information on computer-aided equipment.
  • Enter, position, and alter text size, using computers, to make up and arrange pages so that printed materials can be produced.
  • Maintain, adjust, and clean equipment, and perform minor repairs.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Communications
  • multimedia
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
Desktop publishing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
Document management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe LifeCycle Enterprise Suite
  • Global Graphics Software Harlequin

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$37,440
per year, on average
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