Pre-press technician

Pre-press technicians prepare, format and compose text and graphics in a form suitable for use in a variety of print processes.

Tasks

  • 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

£22,191

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for pre-press technician is £22,191

188 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 188. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

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 £21,507, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £41,954

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, 188 people are employed in the region.

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