Desktop Publishers


Salary Median (2017)


Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)

-14% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

Associate's Degree


What Desktop Publishers Do

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

Other Job Titles Desktop Publishers May Have

Advertising Associate, Art Director, Computer Typesetter, Creative Director, Desktop Publishing Specialist, Electronic Console Display Operator, Electronic Imager, Graphic Artist, Mac Operator, Production Manager

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Publisher / editor / designer ,

UPPERCASE Publishing Inc

Reviewing potential content for the magazine, corresponding with contributors and press, managing employees and business systems, exploring new ideas for projects, designing and implementing ideas into books and magazines.

Letters Editor ,

Oregonian Media Group

I'm constantly balancing interests - those of the editorial board and the newsroom, plus our readers and those who take the time to write and tell us how they feel about our coverage of the news. I want the pages I design to be entertaining, enlightening and packed with information.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.

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