Prepress Workers


Overview

Prepress Workers

Introduction

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, or managing electronic files submitted by customers. 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 ...

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Median Salary

$40,510

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Employment Prospects

Poor

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma


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Experience

Apprenticeship or postsecondary training required


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Skills

Drawing/Design


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Personality Traits

Conventional

Earnings

Pay rates vary for prepress workers, depending on their level of experience and responsibility, type of company, where they live, and whether or not they are union members. Prepress technicians and workers had median annual earnings of $40,510 in May 2019. Salaries ranged from $25,500 to $62,590 or more. Mean earnings in commercial printing, the industry employing the largest number of prepress...

Work Environment

Generally, prepress workers work in clean, quiet settings away from the noise and activity of the pressroom. Prepress areas are usually air-conditioned and roomy. Desktop publishers and others who work in front of computer terminals can risk straining their eyes, as well as their backs and necks. Film stripping and other detail-oriented work can also be tiring to the eyes. The chemicals used in...

Outlook

Employment for prepress workers is expected to decline through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. While there will be continued demand for printed materials, new innovations and technology allows prepress workers to do their jobs more efficiently, and for workers at publishing companies, graphic design companies, and advertising firms to design and format publications. Specialized...

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