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1423 – Desktop publishing operators and related occupations

Desktop publishing operators and workers in related occupations use computers to enter copy into a typesetting system or operate typesetting output equipment to produce text that is ready to print. They are employed by firms that specialize in typesetting, commercial printing companies, publishing and printing companies and various establishments in the public and private sectors that have in-house printing departments.


Example titles

  • Braille keyboard operator
  • Compositor - typesetting
  • Computer typesetter
  • Copy marker - typesetting
  • Desktop compositor
  • Desktop publishing (DTP) operator
  • Input operator - typesetting
  • Markup person
  • Output operator - typesetting
  • Photocomposition typesetter
  • Photocompositor
  • Phototypesetter operator
  • Typographer
  • Terminal operator

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Desktop publishing operators
  • Operate desktop publishing software and equipment to design, lay out and produce camera-ready copy and may perform pre-flight operator duties.
Markup persons
  • Mark copy with computer codes and typographic instructions before it is typeset.
Typesetting input operators
  • Input copy, codes or commands and subsequent corrections into typesetting device or system; operate media conversion equipment to process and format copy transmitted through telecommunications.
Typesetting output operators
  • Operate and tend typesetting output devices, load and process photosensitive material and perform routine maintenance.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of a college program in graphic arts, or other training in typography, computer typesetting or desktop publishing, is usually required.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible through experience.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
1 – Business, finance and administration occupations
Skill level
C – Occupations usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training.
Major group
14 – Office support occupations
Minor group
142 – Office equipment operators
Associated Career Handbook profiles
1423.1 – Desktop publishing operators 1423.2 – Markup persons 1423.3 – Typesetting input operators 1423.4 – Typesetting output operators
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