Desktop publisher essential career information:
- 2012 median pay: $37,040
- 2012, number of jobs: 15,960
- Employment growth forecast, 2010-2020: -15 percent
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
Desktop publishers; what they do:
If designing page layouts for magazines, books, brochures and other printed materials and online publications sounds interesting, then consider a desktop publishing career. Desktop publishers use computer software to design page layouts and other design elements into a finished product.
A desktop publishing career includes collecting materials to create new text or artwork, working with designers and writers to create new design elements and researching additional designs. A desktop publishing career also includes importing electronic files and editing graphics such as photographs, scanning design materials into digital images, and operating desktop publishing software programs.
A desktop publisher arranges design elements on the page layout, uses special formatting tools such as spacing and text size, reviews and edits initial proofs and fixes any issues. Desktop publisher careers involve converting files, and sending the final product to a printing company or using an in-house high-resolution printer to produce a master copy or copies.
Desktop publisher job titles:
- Microsoft Desk Publisher
- Art Director
- Electronic Console Display Operator
- Mac Operator
- Desktop Publishing Specialist
- Electronic Imager
- Production Manager
- Advertising Associate
- Creative Director
- Computer Typesetter
Desktop Publishers Education, Certification and License Requirements
Typically, desktop publishers have some form of postsecondary education such as an Associate in Graphic Arts, a Bachelor in Graphic Arts, an Associate in Design or a Bachelor in Design degree as well as skills in desktop publishing software and computers. Extensive experience can substitute for a postsecondary degree or a certificate.
Vital on-the-job training provides the necessary skills to begin working in a desktop publisher career. Ongoing education helps desktop publishers keep up with the latest in computer technology, graphics and software programs.
Desktop publisher programs cover subjects such as:
- Design principles and processes
- Photoshop software
- Illustrator software
- Adobe software
- iStudio Publisher software
- Microsoft Desk Publisher software
- Achieving balance and contrast
- Grid construction and use
- Layout and alignment terminology
Desktop Publishers Job Outlook
Forecast: Employment for desktop publishers to decline by 15 percent from 2010 to 2020. The major reason for the steady decline in desktop publisher jobs is due to other workers such as web designers and copy editors being able to perform most of the jobs originally carried out by desktop publishers. In addition, with increased technological advances in computers and desktop publishing software, most employers and nonprinting workers can create their own design elements and materials.
Outsourcing desktop publishing jobs and advances in online publishing save money for many companies, further contributing to the poor job outlook for most desktop publishers.
Desktop Publishers Salary
- 2012 median annual wage: $37,040
- 2012 workers at the 75th percentile annual wage: $47,630
- 2012, workers at the 25th percentile annual wage: $27,340
- Publishing industries
- Printing and related support activities
- Administrative and support services
- Professional, scientific, and technical services
- Educational services