Desktop publishers use computers to format and create publication-ready material. They may create books, magazines, newsletters, and newspapers on home computers using special application software. A large part of the job is designing page layout, importing text, and manipulating graphics. Most desktop publishers work for companies that handle commercial printing accounts. However, there are also many independent contractors.
Desktop publishing positions usually require completion of a program at a vocational school or a university. Internships and part-time work can be a valuable asset to someone pursuing this career. Employers typically look for individuals with good communication skills and artistic ability.
Desktop publishers can expect to earn an annual salary of $30,000 to $45,000. Advancement opportunities include management positions or independent contracting.More careers