Desktop Publishers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-19% (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, Computer Typesetter, Desktop Publishing Specialist, Electronic Console Display Operator, Electronic Imager, Mac Operator

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.
  • 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.

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