- Arranges and pastes printing material onto paper ready for photographing.
- Processes filmsetting or desktop publishing output to produce image on film and transfers to printing plates and digital output.
- Examines proof copies, checks for quality and accuracy and makes any necessary alterations.
- Scans and retouches digital images to create sample proofs, plans and lays out artwork to match planned design.
- Uses computer applications to generate images and text.
- Determines from specification the kind and size of type to be used.
Typical Education Level
Level 3 NVQ; A Levels
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 48% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for pre-press technician is £22,191
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 178. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, jobs have been posted for pre-press technician roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £22,191 per year. That is about £1,849 per month or £11.38 per hour. New workers generally start on £17,930, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £36,504
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 178 people are employed in the region.