Desktop publishing operators and related occupations (NOC 1423)

Occupation related to information and communications technology

Job titles

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Nature of work

Desktop publishing operators use computers to enter copy into a typesetting system or operate typesetting output equipment to produce text that is ready to print. They are employed by firms that specialize in typesetting, commercial printing companies, publishing and printing companies and various establishments in the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments.

Fields of interest

  • Entering or verify data and information, sorting, filing
  • Working in an office
  • Working with computers, information technology, and communications

Main duties

  • The following is a summary of the main duties for some occupations in this unit group:
  • - Desktop publishing operators operate desktop publishing software and equipment to design, lay out and produce camera-ready copy and may perform pre-flight operator duties.
  • - Markup persons mark copy with computer codes and typographic instructions before it is typeset.
  • - Typesetting input operators input copy, codes or commands and subsequent corrections into typesetting device or system; operate media conversion equipment to process and format copy transmitted through telecommunications.
  • - Typesetting output operators operate and tend typesetting output devices, load and process photosensitive material and perform routine maintenance.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is required.
  • * Completion of a college program in graphic arts, or other training in typography, computer typesetting or desktop publishing, is usually required.

Skill type

  • Business, finance and administration occupations

Skill level

  • Intermediate

More information

  • * Progression to supervisory positions is possible through experience.