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Working As A Desktop Publishing Specialist

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $76,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Desktop Publishing Specialist Do

Desktop publishers use computer software to design page layouts for newspapers, books, brochures, and other items that are printed or published online.

Duties

Desktop publishers typically do the following:

  • Review text, graphics, or other materials created by writers and designers
  • Edit graphics, such as photographs or illustrations
  • Import text and graphics into publishing software
  • Integrate images and text to create cohesive pages
  • Adjust text properties, such as size, column width, and spacing
  • Revise layouts and make corrections as necessary
  • Submit or upload final files for printing or online publishing

Desktop publishers use publishing software to create page layouts for print or electronic publication. They may edit text by correcting its spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

Desktop publishers often work with other design, media, or marketing workers, including writers, editors, and graphic designers. For example, they work with graphic designers to come up with images that complement the text and fit the available space.

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How To Become A Desktop Publishing Specialist

Desktop publishers usually need an associate’s degree, and they also receive short-term on-the-job training, lasting about 1 month.

Education

Desktop publishers usually need an associate’s degree, often in graphic design, graphic arts, or graphic communications. Community colleges and technical schools offer desktop-publishing courses, which teach students how to create electronic page layouts and format text and graphics with the use of desktop-publishing software.

Training

Desktop publishers typically receive short-term on-the-job training lasting about 1 month. They learn by working closely with more experienced workers or by taking classes that teach them how to use desktop-publishing software. Workers often need to continue training because publishing software changes over time.

Important Qualities

Artistic ability. Desktop publishers must have a good eye for how graphics and text will look, so that they can create pages that are visually appealing and legible.

Communication skills. Desktop publishers must be able to collaborate with others, such as writers, editors, and graphic designers, and communicate ideas effectively.

Detail oriented. Desktop publishers must pay attention to details such as margins, font sizes, and the overall appearance and accuracy of their work. 

Organizational skills. Desktop publishers often work under strict deadlines and must be good at scheduling and prioritizing tasks in order to have documents ready in time for publication.

Other Experience

Many employers prefer to hire workers who have experience preparing layouts and using desktop-publishing software. Students may gain experience by working on a publication for a school or other organization.

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Desktop Publishing Specialist Career Paths

Desktop Publishing Specialist
Graphic Designer Designer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Editor Technical Writer
Proposal Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Web Designer Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Artist Team Leader Operations Director
Director Of Operations And Development
9 Yearsyrs
Graphic Artist Account Executive Advertising Account Executive
Advertising Director
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Artist Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Digital Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Artist Senior Graphic Designer Creative Director
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Production Artist Marketing Coordinator Digital Marketing Specialist
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Marketing Specialist Digital Marketing Specialist
Digital Marketing Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Production Artist Editor Senior Copywriter
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Marketing Coordinator Marketing Consultant Advertising Manager
Director Of Marketing And Advertising
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Operations Manager Client Services Manager
Client Services Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Marketing Manager Marketing Program Manager
Director Of Program Marketing
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Technical Writer And Editor Senior Technical Writer
Knowledge Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Production Specialist Web Designer Multimedia Designer
Multimedia Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Marketing Coordinator Writer And Editor Senior Copywriter
Brand Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Marketing Assistant Marketing Executive Business Executive
Project Executive
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Production Manager Production Director
Engineering Production Operations Director
10 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Web Manager Interactive Marketing Manager
Director Of Interactive Marketing
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$76,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Median 50%
$156,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Epiq Systems Inc.
Highest Paying City
Broomfield, CO
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a Desktop Publishing Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Desktop Publishing Specialist in the United States is $76,999 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $156,000.

Real Desktop Publishing Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Desktop Publishers Lg CNS America Englewood Cliffs, NJ Apr 09, 2014 $63,000
Desktop Publishers DAG Jewish Directories, Inc. NY Jun 18, 2013 $57,500
Desktop Publisher Hitachi Consulting Software Services Newark, CA Jul 22, 2011 $49,878
Web Master/Desktop Publisher Gallaudet University Washington, DC Jan 27, 2010 $48,066
Desktop Publishers Ventura Designs & Media, Inc. El Paso, TX Dec 02, 2011 $47,600
Desktop Publishers Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. Newark, NJ Feb 14, 2008 $45,000 -
$65,000
Desktop Publishers The Timing, Inc. Vernon, CA May 10, 2013 $41,808
Desktop Publisher Barry B Norris NM Mar 18, 2008 $41,740
Desktop Publishers Frisco International, Ltd. Farmers Branch, TX May 06, 2009 $40,000
Desktop Publishers R.E.M. Video and Photography Northfield, IL May 08, 2012 $39,653
Desktop Publishing Specialist Spring Publishing Corporation New York, NY Dec 22, 2009 $39,549
Desktop Publishers Pranayama Art Inc. New York, NY Dec 23, 2009 $39,500
Desktop Publisher Publimax Printing Corp. NY Apr 30, 2008 $38,088
Desktop Publishers Internation, Inc. New York, NY May 18, 2010 $37,960
Desktop Publisher Leather Best & Vacci Corp. Palisades Park, NJ Sep 30, 2010 $36,585
Desktop Publishers Columbia Universitypress New York, NY Nov 15, 2009 $35,500
Desktop Publishers Columbia University Press New York, NY Nov 15, 2009 $35,500
Specialist Desktop Publishing Artnexus Online Inc. North Miami, FL Sep 23, 2010 $35,500
Publisher Specialist 3I-Interactive, LLC Columbia, MO Sep 10, 2010 $35,152
Publisher Specialist 3I-Interactive, LLC Columbia, MO Sep 19, 2010 $35,152

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Top Skills for A Desktop Publishing Specialist

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Layout Patterns
  3. Desktop Publisher
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Navigated Adobe Photoshop to edit, fix, and clean up any and all pictures and artwork submitted by customer.
  • Implemented weekly meetings and provided personalized training for desktop publishers to enhance their work efficiency.
  • Created advertisements, forms, and technical manuals for clients; Chevrolet, Ford, Harley-Davidson, Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen.
  • Created visually dynamic PowerPoint presentations to promote advancements in national medical research and marketing of newly approved prescription drugs.
  • Employed a proprietary web application to generate PDF proofs for print testing.

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Top 10 Best States for Desktop Publishing Specialists

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  2. Massachusetts
  3. Alaska
  4. New York
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Virginia
  7. Minnesota
  8. Ohio
  9. Maryland
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Desktop Publishing Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

56.0%

Male

34.3%

Unknown

9.7%
Ethnicity

White

63.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.6%

French

10.8%

Chinese

8.1%

Korean

8.1%

Japanese

6.8%

German

4.1%

Mandarin

2.7%

Italian

2.7%

Portuguese

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Dutch

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%

Tagalog

1.4%

Thai

1.4%
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Desktop Publishing Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.4%

Montgomery College

7.1%

American InterContinental University

6.5%

University of Texas at Austin

5.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.2%

New York University

4.5%

Arizona State University

4.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

Howard University

4.5%

George Mason University

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.5%

Art Institute of Colorado

3.9%

College of DuPage

3.9%

Bowling Green State University

3.9%

Florida State University

3.9%

University of the District of Columbia

3.9%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.9%

Purdue University

3.9%
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Majors

Graphic Design

25.4%

Business

12.9%

Communication

6.8%

English

6.2%

Computer Applications

6.2%

Fine Arts

5.7%

Journalism

4.6%

Design And Visual Communication

3.6%

Computer Science

3.5%

Marketing

3.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.2%

Graphic Communications

3.2%

Writing

2.3%

Management

2.0%

Psychology

2.0%

Advertising

1.9%

Political Science

1.8%

Health Care Administration

1.7%

Information Technology

1.7%

Education

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.1%

Other

20.5%

Associate

14.1%

Masters

11.0%

Certificate

8.0%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.1%
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