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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 Feb 24 - Feb 28, 2014
- Home-care workers at Northwood Homecare Ltd. in Halifax, members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, have gone on strike to back demands for equal pay with hospital workers doing similar work. The provincial government plans to introduce legislation to force essential staff back to work.
- Construction is expected to be completed in April 2015 on the third building in the massive King¿s Wharf development in Dartmouth, with an expected start on the fourth building to be done in the next six months. The project will eventually include more than a dozen buildings, 1,500 residential units, a hotel, and office space.
- Urban 30 Blowdry Bar, offering wash and dry, makeup, and nail services, will open at 1727 Barrington Street in Halifax
- Capital Health will close a Tim Horton¿s outlet in the Halifax Infirmary due to financial losses, and relocate the workers to its other food service operations. There will be some loss of casual jobs.
- The Canteen, Happy Veal Hot Pot, and Habaneros Modern Taco Bar are food establishments that have recently opened or added outlets in the Halifax-Dartmouth area. The PVP Bar and Comic Book Lounge, a restaurant and bar featuring video and other games, will open in Halifax in March.
- RKO Steel Ltd., a Dartmouth-based steel fabricator, will start making fuel tanks for the oil and gas industry, with financial assistance of $538,900 from the federal Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). Some positions for skilled tradespersons will be created.
- Blue Water Group, a Dartmouth-based ship chandler, will contract with Shell Canada Ltd. to provide supplies, storage, and other logistical services to Shell¿s offshore drilling program, to begin in 2015. Blue Water will double its staff to about 20 workers, and further subcontracting is expected for crane, forklift, and truck operations.
- Aitkens Pewter, a retail store, has closed its only Halifax location
- Hart & Thistle Gastropub & Brewery, in downtown Halifax, will close. The owner cites a dependence on a short summer season, and competition from other businesses, as reasons for the closure. According to a local brewery association, there may have been as many as 120 workers at the pub in the summer.
- Carleton Cards, with five employees, and Smart Set, two businesses in the Highland Square Mall in New Glasgow, will close at the end of February
- Twisted Cobra Yoga & Wellness, a studio specializing in yoga, healing, and meditation, has opened on Pleasant Street in Dartmouth
- Irving Shipbuilding is looking outside of Canada to fill about 12 to 14 high level positions to head up the navy shipbuilding project. According to Irving, because there have been no combat vessels built in Canada in 30 years, naval engineers and naval architects with the expertise to head up the project would be found elsewhere.
- Christmas by the Sea, a retail business on Hollis Street in Halifax, will close in April. An increase in chain retailers, increased rental costs, and a decrease in foot traffic have been blamed.
- Bridge Brewing Company Ltd., which opened on Agricola Street in Halifax a year ago, will bring in equipment to double and eventually quadruple production. The company, which will also change its name to North Brewing Company Ltd., says the market for craft beer is exploding in Nova Scotia.
- Maritime Paper Products Ltd., which employs 165 people in Atlantic Canada, and Quebec-based Norampac will jointly launch a new corrugated packaging operation at a main production facility in Dartmouth. Maritime Paper will manage the operation, which could result in additional employment, while Norampac will supply containerboard used to make the packaging.
- Mid Point Coffee, a café, will open in February on Spring Garden Road in Halifax
- Boneheads BBQ, a restaurant on Dutch Village Road in Halifax, has closed due to overhead costs
- Irving Shipbuilding will now move to second and third phase design work on the Arctic offshore patrol ships, part of the large $29.3B contract the company has to build combat ships for the federal government. About 200 jobs have been created so far on design phases, with 60% of them in Canada and the rest with a company in Denmark.
- According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Halifax area will have about the same number of housing starts in 2014 as 2013, but they will decline by 13.4% in 2015, due to a drop in multiple-unit construction. Single-unit construction will decline in 2014 and rise in 2015, but will remain well below 2012 levels.
- Owners of collision repair shops in the Halifax area say there is a shortage of qualified technicians across the industry, which is slowing down the brisk winter business
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