Printer Job Description

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Printer Job Description
A printer oversees the printing of high resolution images. (The printer image by vin5 from Fotolia.com)

Newspapers, magazines, books and brochures are products that people constantly use and consume. A printer is responsible for producing the physical product through the process of preparing, operating and maintaining a printing press. According to the Occupational Information Network, printers are also known as job printers.

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Roles

According to the Occupational Information Network, printers operate printing presses to print job orders. These workers set type according to the copy. Printers read customer proofs, search for errors and may correct any imperfections. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the use of digital presses are becoming increasingly common in the printing industry. Advances in software and technology are transforming prepress and printing roles. Printers electronically transfer files, blend colours and proof the images.

Hours

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees typically work an 8-hour day. Those employed in newspapers may work night shifts. If printing jobs fall behind schedule, evening, weekend or holiday work can be a requirement. In 2008, part-time workers consisted of 14 per cent of the workforce.

Education and Training

According to the Princeton Review, high school diplomas or GEDs are a minimum requirement for all workers. Education requirements depend on the employer and the specific position. Colleges and universities offer associate and bachelor's degrees in graphic arts which may be required for managerial positions and some entry-level jobs. Many employer prefer an apprenticeship which may last four to six years. Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job training with in-classroom study. Many aspiring printers begin as helpers and receive training on the job.

Salary

According to the May 2009 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics, job printers earned a national mean hourly wage of £11.20 and a mean national wage of £23,309. The printing and related support activities industry employed the highest number of job printers and offered an annual mean wage of £24,050. Other industries that employed high numbers of employees included newspaper, periodical, book and directory publishers, £21,690; advertising, public relations and related services, £21,034; business support services, £18,447; and management of companies and enterprises, £24,115.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics National Employment Matrix, employment for job printers will experience an 8 per cent decline through 2018 due to the improvements in technology which will require fewer workers in the printing industry. Job prospects will still be good for printers with customer service abilities and solid computer skills.

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