Printing machine operators use laser printers, computerized high-speed colour copiers, and other printing machines to print text, illustrations, and designs.
A. Printing press operators print illustrations, designs, and text on paper, plastic, and other material. They may supervise crews of large presses.
B. Pre-press technicians operate various computer-controlled systems, and camera and platemaking workers operate cameras/scanners; assemble film/negatives; and prepare, engrave, and etch printing press plates/cylinders.
C. Binding and finishing machine operators bind and finish printed material.
D. Photographic and film processors process and finish still/motion picture film.
1. Printing and related support activities - 49.0%
2. Other services (except public administration) - 13.0%
3. Retail trade - 8.0%
4. Information and cultural industries - 5.0%
5. Paper manufacturing - 3.0%
6. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 3.0%
7. Miscellaneous manufacturing - 2.0%
1. In general, you usually need a high school diploma.
2. You may receive on-the-job training.
3. To be a printing machine operator, you may need college or other printing courses.
4. To be a photographic film processor, you need a college or other specialized program or extensive experience.
5. To be a camera, platemaking or other worker in a pre-press occupation, you need a college program in graphic arts technology or an apprenticeship or a combination of on-the-job training and specialized courses.
6. Many recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 2 in 5 have a trade/vocational certificate.
2. Computer Basics - Word and Excel
3. Machine Shop
4. Graphic Design
The average hourly wages for Printing Machine Operators and Related Occupations is $14.00/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the processing, manufacturing and utilities sector and are close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.