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Career Details :: Desktop Publishers
Format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Loads floppy disks or tapes containing information into system.
- Activates options, such as masking or text processing.
- Enters data, such as coordinates of images and color specifications, into system to retouch and make color corrections.
- Activates options, such as masking, pixel (picture element) editing, airbrushing, or image retouching.
- Studies layout or other instructions to determine work to be done and sequence of operations.
- Enters digitized data into electronic prepress system computer memory, using scanner, camera, keyboard, or mouse.
- Saves completed work on floppy disks or magnetic tape.
- Views monitors for visual representation of work in progress and for instructions and feedback throughout process.
- Enters data, such as background color, shapes, and coordinates of images; and retrieves data from system memory.
- Creates special effects, such as vignettes, mosaics, and image combining.
- Computer Operators
- Film and Video Editors
- Precision Printing Workers
- Scanner Operators
- Typesetting and Composing Machine Operators and Tenders
General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Interacting With Computers
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Thinking Creatively
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Equipment Selection
- Operation and Control
- Reading Comprehension
- Implementation Planning
- Operations Analysis
Frequent Work Context
- Degree of Automation
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate