Desktop Publishing Specialists

Desktop publishing specialists prepare reports, brochures, books, cards, and other documents for printing. They create computer files of text, graphics, and page layout. They work with files others have created, or they compose original text and graphics for clients. There are approximately 14,360 desktop publishing specialists employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Creating and preparing files for printing presses and other media; using design and typesetting software; creating, writing, editing, and proofreading invitations, brochures, business cards, and other printed materials; resolving technical problems
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions with concentrations in California, Florida, New York, Illinois, and Texas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • English
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Organized
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Owner, Desktop Publishing Company
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Assistant Desktop Publisher

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