On the Job
Desktop Publishers design page layouts for newspapers, books, brochures, and other items that will be printed or put online. They collect the text, graphics, and other materials they will need and then format them into a finished product.
This career requires good eyesight.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Enter information into databases or software programs.
- Format digital documents, data, or images.
- Operate computers or computerized equipment.
- Read work orders to determine material or setup requirements.
- Confer with coworkers to coordinate work activities.
- Select resources needed to accomplish tasks.
- Proofread documents, records, or other files to ensure accuracy.
- Send information, materials or documentation.
- Deliver items.
- Store records or related materials.
Typical Working Conditions
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Using e-mail.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Working with a group or team.
- Making decisions that impact co-workers or company results.
- Frequent decision-making.
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