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Desktop Publishers - 43-9031.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Advertising Associate
  • Compositor
  • Computer Typesetter
  • Design Editor
  • Desktop Operator
  • Desktop Publishing Specialist
  • Electronic Console Display Operator
  • Electronic Imager
  • Electronic Publishing Specialist
  • Publisher

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Check preliminary and final proofs for errors and make necessary corrections.
  • Collaborate with graphic artists, editors and writers to produce master copies according to design specifications.
  • Convert various types of files for printing or for the Internet, using computer software.
  • Create special effects such as vignettes, mosaics, and image combining, and add elements such as sound and animation to electronic publications.
  • Edit graphics and photos, using pixel or bitmap editing, airbrushing, masking, or image retouching.
  • Enter data, such as coordinates of images and color specifications, into system to retouch and make color corrections.
  • Enter digitized data into electronic prepress system computer memory, using scanner, camera, keyboard, or mouse.
  • Enter text into computer keyboard and select the size and style of type, column width, and appropriate spacing for printed materials.
  • Import text and art elements, such as electronic clip art or electronic files from photographs that have been scanned or produced with a digital camera, using computer software.
  • Load floppy disks or tapes containing information into system.
  • Operate desktop publishing software and equipment to design, lay out, and produce camera-ready copy.
  • Position text and art elements from a variety of databases in a visually appealing way to design print or web pages, using knowledge of type styles and size and layout patterns.
  • Prepare sample layouts for approval, using computer software.
  • Select number of colors and determine color separations.
  • Store copies of publications on paper, magnetic tape, film, or diskette.
  • Study layout or other design instructions to determine work to be done and sequence of operations.
  • Transmit, deliver, or mail publication master to printer for production into film and plates.
  • View monitors for visual representation of work in progress and for instructions and feedback throughout process, making modifications as necessary.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Confer with coworkers to coordinate work activities.
  • Deliver items.
  • Enter information into databases or software programs.
  • Format digital documents, data, or images.
  • Monitor operational quality or safety.
  • Operate computers or computerized equipment.
  • Proofread documents, records, or other files to ensure accuracy.
  • Read work orders to determine material or setup requirements.
  • Select resources needed to accomplish tasks.
  • Send information, materials or documentation.
  • Store records or related materials.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advanced Visual Information-Graphics Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Basic Combat Camera Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Chief Public Affairs NCO (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Camera (COMCAM) Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Combat Camera Production Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Graphics Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Illustrator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Graphic Illustrator Journeyman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Knowledge Management (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Knowledge Management Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Knowledge Management Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Knowledge Management Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Knowledge Management Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Knowledge Operations Management (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Knowledge Operations Management Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Knowledge Operations Management Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Knowledge Operations Management Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Knowledge Operations Management Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Knowledge Operations Management Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Motion Picture and Television Project Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Multimedia Illustrator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Apprentice, Journalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Apprentice, Photographer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Helper, Journalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Helper, Photographer (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Printing and Publications Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Public Affairs (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Mass Communication Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Visual Information Operations Chief (Army - Enlisted)
  • Weapons Technical Information Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Electronic Prepress System Operator

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Electronic Prepress System Operator