Desktop Publishers

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What do they do?

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

Also known as:

Advertising Associate, Compositor, Computer Typesetter, Design Editor, Desktop Operator, Desktop Publishing Specialist, Electronic Console Display Operator, Electronic Imager, Electronic Publishing Specialist, Publisher

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Desktop Publishers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Desktop Publishers is projected to Decline 13 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -13%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #46 in job growth rate
  • 20

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #34 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Desktop Publishers:

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, Bachelors degree, is listed after the major.

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (1%)
  • Master's degree (9%)
  • Bachelor's degree (28.5%)
  • Associate's degree (12.5%)
  • Some college, no degree (28.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (18.6%)
  • Less than high school diploma (2.2%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Format digital documents, data, or images.
  • Proofread documents, records, or other files to ensure accuracy.
  • Monitor operational quality or safety.
  • Enter information into databases or software programs.
  • Operate computers or computerized equipment.
  • Deliver items.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.0 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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