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Desktop Publishing Operators and Related Occupations  (NOC 1423)
Halifax Region
Description |  Titles |  Duties |   Related Occupations

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.

The following is a summary of the main duties for some occupations in this unit group:
  • 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.
Included Cities in Region | Service Canada Offices

Halifax, Dartmouth, Brookside, Goodwood, Hammonds Plains Road, Hatchet Lake, Lake Echo, Uplands Park

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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

Limited : LimitedFair : FairGood : Good
Table on the employment potential for Desktop Publishing Operators and Related Occupations in Halifax Region as well as in the rest of the Nova Scotia.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Halifax Region Limited   (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 News

Week of Apr 07 - Apr 11, 2014
  • Analyze Re, a Halifax-based company offering software and data analysis, hopes to create up to 50 jobs over the next six years, with the assistance of a provincial government payroll-rebate program. The company currently has 13 employees, and hopes to expand in the areas of technical support and business development.
  • The Canadian military will construct a new armory in Bedford and new living quarters at CFB Halifax. The multi-million-dollar project will create 380 jobs, and contracts have been awarded to PCL Constructors Canada, and Aecon and SLI in Halifax.
  • Ressources Appalaches plans to begin producing gold at its underground mine in Port Dufferin by the end of April, and will employ 75 people when in full production over the coming months. Meanwhile, gold production is tentatively planned to begin at the open-pit Moose River Gold Mines in late 2015 or 2016.
  • Eleven positions at CBC Halifax have been cut, as part of a national reduction. Many of the positions are in the design department, where props are constructed for television shows. A web design position has also been affected, and further cuts could arise in the coming weeks in sales and communications.
  • BioCycive, a small Silicon Valley-based pharmaceutical research company will establish its research development headquarters in Halifax. Research workers with the company will arrive within weeks, and additional researchers and technicians may be brought in or hired locally as work continues.
  • Lynda.com, a California-based on-line education company offering training in software technology has bought Halifax-based Complir, a software coding and development company. Complir focuses on core programming languages related to modern applications, and will continue to grow its Halifax operations as a service of lynda.com.
Week of Mar 31 - Apr 04, 2014
  • BJ Electric Motor and Control Ltd. has opened a shop in Burnside, its second location in the Halifax Metro area. The company focuses on sales and service of electric motors and parts, and has grown from four to 23 employees in 20 years.
  • I Love Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant, will open in the coming weeks on the Bedford Highway in Halifax. Meanwhile, the Estia Restaurant on Spring Garden Road in Halifax has closed due to business slowdowns, resulting in the layoff of 15 workers. The Red Fox Bar and Grill, on Bayers Road in Halifax, has closed as well.
  • Nurse Next Door Home Care Services has opened in Halifax, and hopes to expand across Nova Scotia. According to the provincial Department of Health and Wellness, home nursing visits in Nova Scotia have grown by 64% since 2006, while non-nursing home support care visits have grown by 40%.
  • Macdonald, Dettwiler and Associates has agreed to a $16M four-year extension and expansion of their contract to provide submarine simulator support to the Royal Canadian Navy in Dartmouth
  • Nurses at the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax went on strike for 24 hours over their demand for higher nurse-to-patient ratios, but were ordered back to work upon the introduction of legislation which forces health-care unions and employers in Nova Scotia to designate essential services before a strike
  • Polycorp Group is preparing to construct a 380-unit, four-building condominium complex as part of the Long Lake Village development in the Cowie Hill and Northwest Arm Drive area of Halifax
Week of Mar 24 - Mar 28, 2014
  • Two adjacent hotels, a 135-room Homewood Suites and a 181-room Hampton Inn, will open for business before the summer on the old Citadel Inn site in downtown Halifax. The hotels, owned by SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts of Vancouver, will employ about 100 people together at peak season, including 20 former Citadel Inn workers.
Week of Mar 17 - Mar 21, 2014
  • Bible Hill-based TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture Ltd. will construct a large-scale, indoor farm somewhere in the Halifax area to grow fresh produce. The company is currently seeking a director, who will supervise 10 to 15 workers.
  • Structube, a home furnishing retailer, has opened its first Nova Scotia location, in Dartmouth Crossing
  • PVP Bar & Gaming Lounge, serving food and drink, has opened on Lower Water Street in Halifax
  • The 140 call-centre workers at Nova Scotia Power in Halifax have voted against joining Local 1928 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and will remain non-unionized. The union represents about 800 workers with the utility.
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