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Desktop Publishers

Also called: Compositor, Computer Typesetter, Electronic Console Display Operator, Publisher

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What they do:
Format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.
On the job, you would:
  • Operate desktop publishing software and equipment to design, lay out, and produce camera-ready copy.
  • Position text and art elements from a variety of databases in a visually appealing way to design print or web pages, using knowledge of type styles and size and layout patterns.
  • Check preliminary and final proofs for errors and make necessary corrections.

Knowledge

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • create new and original ideas
Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by writing

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Hot Technology
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Hot Technology
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Desktop publishing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Publisher

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$47,560
$24,530
$81,240
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