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Desktop Publishers
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 120

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $16.18 - $32.50

Typical Annual Salary: $33,700 - $67,600

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Convert various types of files for printing or for the Internet, using computer software.
  • Transmit, deliver or mail publication master to printer for production into film and plates.
  • Study layout or other design instructions to determine work to be done and sequence of operations.
  • Enter digitized data into electronic prepress system computer memory, using scanner, camera, keyboard, or mouse.
  • 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.
  • View monitors for visual representation of work in progress and for instructions and feedback throughout process, making modifications as necessary.
  • Collaborate with graphic artists, editors and writers to produce master copies according to design specifications.

tools & technology

  • Desktop computers
  • Graphics tablets
  • Laser printers
  • Notebook computers
  • Scanners

  • Data conversion software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
  • Web page creation and editing software

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