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Printing Press Operators and Assistants

Overview

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 168,330 printing press operators in the United States. They are mostly employed by newspaper plants and commercial and business printers.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

Recommended

Outlook

Decline
Personality Traits

Hands On

Problem-Solving

Technical

Career Ladder
Print Shop Owner

Supervisor

Operator in Charge

Press Operator

Printing Press Assistant