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Print Production

What Print Production Workers Do

Printing workers produce print material in three stages: prepress, press, and binding and finishing. They review specifications, identify and fix problems with printing equipment, and assemble pages.

Work Environment

Prepress technicians usually work in quiet areas, while printing press operators and print binding and finishing workers work in noisy settings.

How to Become a Print Production Worker

Prepress technicians typically need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary vocational award. Printing press operators and print binding and finishing workers need a high school diploma and on-the-job training.


The median annual wage of printing workers was $33,150 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment of printing workers is expected to decline 4 percent from 2010 to 2020.

Quick Facts: Graphic Designers
2010 Median Pay $33,150 per year
Entry-Level Education Associate degree
On-the-job Training Long-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2010 304,600
Job Outlook, 2010-20 -4% growth rate

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