Prepress Workers

Prepress workers handle the first stage in the printing process. This initial phase of production involves multiple steps, including creating pages from text and graphics and making printing plates. With the introduction of desktop publishing and other computer technology, the prepress process has changed dramatically over the past decade. Computerized processes have replaced many of the traditional processes, eliminating a number of prepress jobs but opening up new opportunities as well.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 106,900 people are employed in prepress jobs. Many of these jobs are with commercial printing companies. Other jobs are with prepress service bureaus (companies that deal exclusively with prepress work) and newspapers.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended

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