Desktop publishers use computer software to design page layouts for items that are printed or published online.
Many desktop publishers work full time, and they may need to work additional hours to meet publication deadlines.
Desktop publishers typically need an associate’s degree. They also receive short-term on-the-job training lasting about 1 month.
The median annual wage for desktop publishers was $47,560 in May 2020.
Employment of desktop publishers is projected to decline 19 percent from 2019 to 2029. Companies are expected to hire fewer desktop publishers as other types of workers—such as graphic designers, web designers, and editors—increasingly perform desktop-publishing tasks.
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