Prepress Technicians and Workers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-20.7% (decline)


What Prepress Technicians and Workers Do

Format and proof text and images submitted by designers and clients into finished pages that can be printed. Includes digital and photo typesetting. May produce printing plates.

Other Job Titles Prepress Technicians and Workers May Have

Electronic Prepress Operator (EPP Operator), Plate Maker, Prepress Operator, Prepress Technician

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Generate prepress proofs in digital or other format to approximate the appearance of the final printed piece.
  • Proofread and perform quality control of text and images.
  • Enter, position, and alter text size, using computers, to make up and arrange pages so that printed materials can be produced.
  • Perform "preflight" check of required font, graphic, text and image files to ensure completeness prior to delivery to printer.
  • Operate and maintain laser plate-making equipment that converts electronic data to plates without the use of film.

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