Desktop Publishers
SOC: 43-9031.00


Format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
14,800 employed

Projected (2024):
11,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Advertising Associate
  • Art Director
  • Computer Compositor
  • Computer Operator
  • Computer Publisher
  • Computer Typesetter
  • Creative Director
  • Design Editor
  • Desk Top Publisher
  • Desktop Publishing Associate
  • Desktop Publishing Specialist
  • Desktop Support Specialist
  • Digital Pre Press Operator
  • Digital Publishing Specialist
  • Document Design Specialist
  • DTP Operator
  • Editor
  • Electronic Console Display Operator
  • Electronic Imager
  • Electronic Pagination System Operator
  • Electronic Prepress Operator
  • Electronic Prepress System Operator
  • Electronic Publisher
  • Electronic Publishing Specialist
  • Graphic Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphics Specialist
  • Mac Operator
  • Magazine Publisher
  • Managing Editor
  • Online Publisher
  • Page Makeup System Operator
  • Paginator
  • Prepress Supervisor
  • Production Artist
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Manager
  • Publisher
  • Publishing Specialist
  • Studio Designer
  • Technical Editor
  • Technical Publications Manager

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Check preliminary and final proofs for errors and make necessary corrections.
  • Operate desktop publishing software and equipment to design, lay out, and produce camera-ready copy.
  • View monitors for visual representation of work in progress and for instructions and feedback throughout process, making modifications as necessary.
  • Enter text into computer keyboard and select the size and style of type, column width, and appropriate spacing for printed materials.
  • Store copies of publications on paper, magnetic tape, film or diskette.
  • 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.
  • Enter digitized data into electronic prepress system computer memory, using scanner, camera, keyboard, or mouse.
  • Edit graphics and photos, using pixel or bitmap editing, airbrushing, masking, or image retouching.
  • Import text and art elements, such as electronic clip art or electronic files from photographs that have been scanned or produced with a digital camera, using computer software.
  • Prepare sample layouts for approval, using computer software.
  • Study layout or other design instructions to determine work to be done and sequence of operations.
  • Load floppy disks or tapes containing information into system.
  • Convert various types of files for printing or for the Internet, using computer software.
  • Enter data, such as coordinates of images and color specifications, into system to retouch and make color corrections.
  • Select number of colors and determine color separations.
  • Transmit, deliver or mail publication master to printer for production into film and plates.
  • Collaborate with graphic artists, editors and writers to produce master copies according to design specifications.
  • Create special effects such as vignettes, mosaics, and image combining, and add elements such as sound and animation to electronic publications.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Laser printers
  • Notebook computers
  • Pen tablets
  • Scanners
  • Actuate DocBook
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe ActionScript
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Freehand
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe LiveMotion
  • Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe PostScript
  • AlgoLab Raster to Vector Conversion Toolkit
  • Apple AppleScript
  • Apple iPhoto
  • Arts & Letters Express software
  • AT&T Troff
  • Cascading Style Sheets CSS
  • Cenon software
  • CodedColor software
  • Color management software
  • Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
  • Corel CorelScan
  • Corel OCR-Trace 8
  • Corel Paint Shop Pro
  • Corel Photo-Paint
  • Corel Ventura
  • Corel WebDraw
  • Corel WordPerfect software
  • Data conversion software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • GNU Image Manipulation Program GIMP
  • Graphics card driver software
  • Graphics software
  • GrassHopper PageStream
  • GTX RastorCAD
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • Inkscape software
  • Internet browser software
  • iView MultiMedia software
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • LaTeX software
  • Mapping software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Picture It!
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Word
  • MySQL software
  • Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking software
  • Nuance OmniPage Professional
  • Objectif Lune PlanetPress.Suite
  • Online image and graphics database software
  • Oracle Java
  • Oracle software
  • PagePlus SE software
  • PANTONE ColorVision ProfilerPlus
  • Passepartout software
  • Pattern Stream software
  • PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
  • Portable document file creation software
  • Potrace software
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Printer driver software
  • Python
  • QuarkXPress
  • Raster Graphics software
  • Scalable vector graphics SVG
  • Scribus software
  • Spelling and grammar checking software
  • Sun Microsystems Java
  • Trix TracTrix
  • Ulead PhotoImpact
  • UNIX
  • Vector drawing software
  • WordWeb
  • Xara X

  • office and administrative support

    industry stats

    SOC: 43-0000

    Total Employed: 21,846,420

    Average Annual Salary: $36,330