Desktop Publishing Specialists

Desktop publishing specialists prepare reports, brochures, books, cards, and other documents for printing and digital publication such as on the Internet and CD-ROM. 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 13,240 desktop publishing specialists employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Create and prepare files for printing presses and other media; use design and typesetting software; create, write, edit, and proofread invitations, brochures, business cards, and other printed materials; resolve 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, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, 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
Skills
  • 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