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Also known as:  Desktop Publisher, Desktop Publishing Specialist, DTP Operator, Electronic Console Display Operator, Electronic Imager, Electronic Pagination System Operator, Electronic Publisher, Electronic Publishing Specialist


Electronic pagination system operators are crucial to the production of printed, paper-and-ink materials. In fact, while many traditional "pre-press" printing jobs are disappearing, this job is among the top ten fastest growing occupations not requiring a college degree.

Thanks to desktop pub ...
lishing software, writers, advertising and public relation agencies, and others who want to produce printed material now submit their text as computer files. But a human being is still needed to review and filter those files, insert illustrations, and select the type styles to be used for the printed pages.

That's what electronic pagination system operators do. They bring all the electronic elements together, apply their design skills, and spend the finished file to the printing plant. Computers may have eliminated many printing jobs, but they have also created the need for electronic pagination systems operators and made them absolutely essential to the publishing industry.
Format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
Physical demands
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Select number of colors and determine color separations.
Transmit, deliver or mail publication master to printer for production into film and plates.
Store copies of publications on paper, magnetic tape, film or diskette.
Load floppy disks or tapes containing information into system.
Prepare sample layouts for approval, using computer software.
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.
Enter text into computer keyboard and select the size and style of type, column width and appropriate spacing for printed materials.
Operate desktop publishing software and equipment to design, lay out, and produce camera-ready copy.
Enter digitized data into electronic prepress system computer memory, using scanner, camera, keyboard, or mouse.
Study layout or other design instructions to determine work to be done and sequence of operations.
Convert various types of files for printing or for the Internet, using computer software.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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