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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 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
Week of Jun 30 - Jul 04, 2014 Week of Jun 23 - Jun 27, 2014 Week of Jun 16 - Jun 20, 2014
  • 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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