Printing Press Operators and Assistants

Printing press operators and printing press operator assistants prepare, operate, and maintain printing presses. Their principal duties include installing and adjusting printing plates, loading and feeding paper, mixing inks and controlling ink flow, and ensuring the quality of the final printed piece. There are approximately 166,620 printing press operators in the United States. They are mostly employed by newspaper plants and commercial and business printers.

Quick Facts
Duties Prepare, operate, and maintain printing presses; install and adjust printing plates, load and feed paper, mix inks and control ink flow, and ensure the quality of the final printed piece
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training; apprenticeship
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Print Shop Owner
  • Supervisor
  • Operator in Charge
  • Press Operator
  • Printing Press Assistant

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