|Quick Facts: Desktop Publishers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$37,040 per year
$17.81 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Associate’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||16,400|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||-5% (Decline)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||-900|
Desktop publishers use computer software to design page layouts for newspapers, books, brochures, and other items that are printed or put online. They collect the text, graphics, and other materials they will need and format them into a finished product.
Desktop publishers held about 16,400 jobs in 2012. About one-third of them worked in publishing industries.
Desktop publishers have a variety of educational backgrounds, but most have earned some form of postsecondary degree or award, such as an associate’s degree.
The median annual wage for desktop publishers was $37,040 in May 2012.
Employment of desktop publishers is projected to decline 5 percent from 2012 to 2022. Companies are expected to hire fewer desktop publishers, as other types of workers—such as graphic designers, web designers, and copy editors—increasingly take on desktop publishing tasks.
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