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 195,600 printing press operators in the United States. They are mostly employed by newspaper plants and commercial and business printers.


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