Desktop Publishers

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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.


Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics


  • multimedia

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


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


Ideas and Logic

  • order or arrange things
  • create new and original ideas


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by writing


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud software Hot Technology In Demand
  • Adobe Illustrator Hot Technology In Demand

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology In Demand

Desktop publishing software

  • Adobe InDesign Hot Technology In Demand
  • Microsoft Publisher


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

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