Desktop Publishing Operators and Related Workers

(NOC 1423)

in All Business, Finance, and Administration

Desktop publishing operators use computers with desktop publishing software to enter copy into a typesetting system or operate typesetting output equipment to produce text that is ready to print. They work for firms that specialize in typesetting, commercial printing companies, publishing and printing companies and various organizations in 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 Business, Finance, and Administration

  • Estimate -1305 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4210 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 small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Desktop Publishing Operators and Related Workers may either be working full-time or part-time hours.

The median employment income for 57% of Desktop Publishing Operators and Related Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$45,604

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$27.85

Median

$38.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,754

Minimum

$36,515

Median

$70,271

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Desktop publishing operators use computers with desktop publishing software to enter copy into a typesetting system or operate typesetting output equipment to produce text that is ready to print. They work for firms that specialize in typesetting, commercial printing companies, publishing and printing companies and various organizations in the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments.

Job duties

Desktop publishing operators:

  • Use desktop publishing software and equipment to design, lay out and produce camera-ready copy and may perform pre-flight operator duties.

Markup persons:

  • Mark copy with computer codes and typographic instructions before it is typeset.

Typesetting input operators:

  • Input copy, codes or commands and subsequent corrections into typesetting device or system.
  • Use media conversion equipment to process and format copy transmitted through telecommunications.

Typesetting output operators:

  • Use and tend typesetting output devices, load and process photosensitive material and perform routine maintenance.

Sample job titles

  • braille data entry clerk
  • copy cutter
  • desktop compositor
  • electronic formatter
  • markup person - typesetting
  • phototypesetter
  • preproduction operator
  • typesetting machine operator
  • typographer
  • videotext operator

Skills

You need finger dexterity, the ability to sit still for long periods of time and should not mind repetitive tasks. A solid foundation in computer skills is often necessary for entry into these jobs. Good communication and interpersonal skills are also important, along with a willingness to learn and adapt to continually changing equipment and software.

Job requirements

  • High school is required.
  • A college program in graphic arts, or other training in typography, computer typesetting or desktop publishing, is usually required.

Other considerations

Movement to supervisory positions is possible through experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

< 50

employed in 2016

57.1%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

42.9%
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57.1%
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36.8

median age

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

63,775

employed in 2016

78.4%

employed full-time

6.6%

self employed

73.4%
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26.6%
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47.9

median age

Where will I likely work?

50.0%

Halifax

25.0%

North Shore

25.0%

Cape Breton

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

33.3%

Manufacturing

22.2%

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

22.2%

Retail trade

22.2%

Public administration

What is the age of Employment?

25.0%

35-44

25.0%

45-54

25.0%

15-24

25.0%

25-34

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

26.3%

45-54

22.6%

55-64

19.4%

35-44

16.7%

25-34

7.5%

65+

Top levels of education

42.9%

High school

N/A

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

33.8%

College Diploma

$36,304 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$32,903 median annual income
22.8%

Bachelor

$41,755 median annual income
5.8%

Trade Certification

$34,807 median annual income
4.9%

Less than high school

$23,174 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma 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

Graphic Communications

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs apply technical knowledge and skills in the manufacture and distribution or transmission of graphic communications products. They include courses in the prepress, press, and postpress phases of production operations and processes like offset lithography, flexography, gravure, letterpress, screen printing, foil stamping, digital imaging, and other reproduction methods.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

Halifax, NS

Graphic Design

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. They include courses in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, colour theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modelling, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

Institutions providing this program

Centre for Distance Education

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Web Page, Digital/Multimedia, and Information Resources Design

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs apply HTML, XML, Javascript, graphics applications, and other authoring tools to the design, editing, and publishing (launching) of documents, images, graphics, sound, and multimedia products on the World Wide Web. They include courses in Internet theory, web page standards and policies, elements of web page design, user interfaces, vector tools, special effects, interactive and multimedia components, search engines, navigation, morphing, e-commerce tools, and emerging web technologies.

Institutions providing this program

Academy of Learning Career College - Halifax

Halifax, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

Halifax, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

Truro, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Association of Administrative Professionals
Halifax, NS

Additional resources

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