Printing Press Operators

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What do they do?

Set up and operate digital, letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, or other printing machines. Includes short-run offset printing presses.

Also known as:

Digital Press Operator, Flexo Press Operator, Flexographic Press Operator, Flexographic Printing Press Operator, Lithographic Press Operator, Offset Press Operator, Offset Pressman, Press Operator, Press Technician, Pressman, Print Press Operator, Printer, Printing Press Operator, Printing Pressman, Sheetfed Press Operator, Typesetter, Web Offset Press Feeder, Web Press Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Printing Press Operators in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Printing Press Operators 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:

  • -13.8%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #47 in job growth rate
  • 360

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #16 in net job growth

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Majors that prepare Printing Press Operators:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.5%)
  • Master's degree (0.9%)
  • Bachelor's degree (8.7%)
  • Associate's degree (9%)
  • Some college, no degree (23.8%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (45.1%)
  • Less than high school diploma (12%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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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).
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Inspected printed materials or other images to verify quality.
  • Operate photographic developing or print production equipment.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products.
  • Evaluate quality of materials or products.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 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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