Desktop Publishing Occupation, Job and Career

Desktop Publishing Nature of Work

Desktop publishers produce professionally designed and presented documents, according to specified design and presentation requirements, using desktop publishing.

Desktop Publishing Work Conditions

Desktop publishers may work long hours when a particular deadline must be met.

Desktop Publishing Personal Requirements

  • able to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • artistic ability for drawing, design and layout
  • creativity, imagination and versatility
  • enjoy working with computers
  • good visual, oral and written communication skills
  • patience for fine, detailed work

Desktop Publishing Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school
  • Completion of a college program in graphic arts or other training in typography, computer typesetting, or desktop publishing is usually required.

Desktop Publishing Duties and Tasks

Desktop publishers may perform the following tasks:

  • amend layout, select fonts and integrate text with graphics to create a balanced and readable document
  • design and arrange layouts to meet clients' requirements by studying drawings, photographs, texts and artwork to be reproduced
  • merge photographs with computer images, scan and adjust colors for the publication
  • prepare quotations for work contracts
  • prepare sketches and discuss design concepts with clients
  • produce graphics from an original concept, either free-hand or by computer
  • save finished to camera-ready stage copy to disk or cartridge, and forward it either to the printing or publishing house for mass production
  • talk to clients about problems arising during the production phase and advise on possible solutions
  • talk to clients to obtain a clear understanding of their requirements

Desktop Publishing Example Titles

  • Computer Typesetter
  • Copy Marker
  • Desktop Compositor
  • Phototypesetter Operator
  • Typesetter
  • Typographer

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You may search for publishing careers or desktop publishing occupation right now, but when you find one you must apply immediately for it with your current CV or resume. We recommend that you have your cover letter ready too. So, do not forget about our resume writing, CV writing and cover letter writing advices.

art_tip desktop publishing occupationBefore you start searching for desktop publishing occupation you need to prepare your resume or CV and cover letter.

for CVs:

for resumes:

Because CVs and resumes refer mainly to the past time with exception of your present job and employers are interested mostly in the future of they companies, often cover letters are more important or convincing to them then the accompanying resume or CV. So, prepare a cover letter.

If you have a difficulty with your cover letter writing use one of these:

When your desktop publishing job application consisting of your job cover letter and resume or CV is completed you are ready to submit them to employers and job recruiters in places where you want to work.

When a potential employer invite you for an interview, you need to prepare yourself to win at the interview and get the job you want.

Other Desktop Publishing Occupation Info

In addition, on job search, cover letters, CVs & resumes, job interviews and dress codes pages, you will find very useful tips for many different countries.

Good luck with desktop publishing occupation!

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