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Desktop publishing operators 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. This unit group also includes markup persons and pre-flight operators.
Braille keyboard operator, compositor – typesetting, computer typesetter, copy marker – typesetting, desktop compositor, desktop publishing (DTP) operator, file preparation operator, input operator – typesetting, markup person, output operator – typesetting, phototypesetter operator, pre-flight operator – printing, typographer.
- 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.
- Pre-flight operators use computer software to confirm cost estimates, evaluate composition of orders, assess graphic images, and check fonts and other details to ensure that customers' files are complete before going to print.
- File preparation operators operate computers, image setters and digital proofers to transfer output or data to hard copy form.
Outlook & Prospects for Desktop Publishing Operators and Related Occupations in Halifax Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Halifax Region||(1 of 3 stars)||2011-05-12|
Currently the chances of qualified Desktop Publishing Operators finding employment are considered to be limited in the local area. Office automation has increased productivity and reduced demand for these workers. Occasional openings may occur for support workers of this level within the publishing/printing industries, but would likely require a broader skill set. This is also a small occupational group and limited growth is anticipated.
Although employment opportunities locally are limited, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Desktop Publishing Operators in Nova Scotia is expected to be limited over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Desktop Publishing Operators (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Jul 14 - Jul 18, 2014
- International health informatics and software development company Global Village Consulting Inc. hopes to create up to 25 positions in Halifax over five years with the help of a provincial payroll rebate. Consultants, human resources personnel, and systems experts will be among the positions.
- Southwest Properties will begin construction of buildings in 2015 on the $500M Motherhouse property development in Rockingham. The project will take several years to complete, and will include 1,976 residential units.
- A $21M roadway construction project at Halifax Stanfield International Airport has begun and will be completed in mid-year 2015. Dartmouth-based Brycon Construction Ltd. was awarded the contract.
- Dartmouth-based Wartsila Canada Inc. and Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd. have been awarded federal contracts totalling more than $2M for system design, refits, and conversions on Fisheries and Oceans Canada vessels
- Toronto-based international law firm Torys LLP will open the Torys Legal Services Centre in Halifax in October. The company plans to recruit nationally, and will initially hire five lawyers, with plans to expand to 15.
- NTT Data Canada Inc., formerly Keane Canada Inc., will create up to 500 new information technology positions for its Halifax development centre over the next six years, with the help of a provincial payroll rebate
- A two-year, $150M reconstruction of the Macdonald Bridge in Halifax will begin in the spring of 2015. Local contractors will benefit, and over 100 engineers and trades persons will be employed at points over the project.
- Bubba Rays Too, a 230-seat restaurant and sports bar, will open in August on Bayers Road in Halifax
- DHX Media, a Halifax-based animation production company, is seeking 45 digital animators to add to its staff of 115 workers. The company continues to be active in producing television shows for industry leaders.
- Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems has been awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to supply underwater sonar equipment to German company Atlas Elektronik. Ultra employs 130 people in Dartmouth.
- Halifax-based Southwest Properties indicates that the company doesn't foresee any labour shortage issues affecting its four large Halifax construction projects. The company adds that it can also draw on a regional labour pool.
- Construction will begin in the spring of 2015 on a $140M development in downtown Halifax, which will house a new YMCA and contain residential and commercial space. The YMCA is expected to open in late 2017 or early 2018.
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