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Printing Workers

Printing Workers
Quick Facts : Printing Workers*
2010 Median Pay$33,150
Entry Level Education              

Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012304,600
Job Outlook-4% (Decline moderately)
Employment Change-12,600

Printing workers produce print material in three stages: prepress, press, and binding and finishing. They review specifications, identify and fix problems with printing equipment, and assemble pages.

What Printing Workers Do

  • Arrange pages so that materials can be printed
  • Operate laser plate-making equipment that converts electronic data to plates
  • Review job orders to determine quantities to be printed, paper specifications, colors, and special printing instructions
  • Feed paper through press cylinders and adjust equipment controls
  • Compress sewed or glued sets of pages, called "signatures," using hand presses or smashing machines

Work Environment

Prepress technicians usually work in quiet areas, while printing press operators and print binding and finishing workers work in noisy settings. Most printing workers work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of printing workers is expected to decline 4 percent from 2010 to 2020. With a declining volume of printed material in these areas, demand for print workers has decreased.
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The average salary of printing workers was $33,150 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Printing Workers

Printing press operators and print binding and finishing workers need a high school diploma and on-the-job training. Most prepress technicians receive some formal postsecondary classroom instruction before entering the occupation.
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