Printing and Related Workers Supervisors

(NOC 7303)

in All Trades and Transportation

These supervisors coordinate and supervise the activities of workers who produce camera work and printing plates and cylinders, process film, print text and images on paper, metal and other material, and bind and finish printed products. They work for companies that specialize in commercial printing or one of its components like binding or colour reproduction, in combined printing and publishing companies like newspapers and magazines, and in various organizations in both the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Supervisors of Printing and Related Workers most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

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Median

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Maximum

Annual Pay

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Minimum

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Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

These supervisors coordinate and supervise the activities of workers who produce camera work and printing plates and cylinders, process film, print text and images on paper, metal and other material, and bind and finish printed products. They work for companies that specialize in commercial printing or one of its components like binding or colour reproduction, in combined printing and publishing companies like newspapers and magazines, and in various organizations in both the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments.

Job duties

Contractors and supervisors in this group:

  • Supervise, coordinate and schedule activities of workers.
  • Create ways to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other departments.
  • Review and approve all job proofs or samples to make sure the quality of work meets client requirements.
  • Request materials and supplies.
  • Solve work problems, provide technical advice and recommend ways to improve productivity and product quality.
  • Train staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policies.
  • Recommend staffing actions like hiring and promotions.
  • Prepare production and other reports.
  • May set up machines or equipment.

Sample job titles

  • bindery foreman/woman
  • bindery supervisor
  • composing room supervisor
  • film processing supervisor
  • finishing supervisor
  • photographic and film processing supervisor
  • platemaking supervisor
  • prepress supervisor
  • pressroom supervisor

Skills

Leadership and effective spoken and written communication skills are needed, and you must be able to work well with a variety of people. You must be responsible and well organized and be able to prepare cost estimates, maintain production schedules, supervise staff, and able to work as part of a team. You should also be prepared to keep up with new techniques, equipment, and materials. Physical stamina, alertness and good motor skills are necessary.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • A college program in graphic arts technology may be required.
  • Several years of experience in the work area supervised is usually required.
  • Provincial trade certification may be required for some jobs in this group.

Other considerations

Movement to management positions like department, production or plant manager is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

< 50

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

40.0%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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46.2

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

66.7%

North Shore

33.3%

Halifax

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

100.0%

Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

33.0%

45-54

33.0%

55-64

33.0%

35-44

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

40.0%

Apprenticeship

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Apprenticeship

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Siploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

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