Graphic Pre-Press Trades Workers manipulate, set and compose text and graphics into a format suitable for printing and other visual media.

Specialisations: Desktop Publishing Operator.

You usually need an apprenticeship in print communications or printing and graphic arts to work as a Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker.

Tasks

  • operating graphic cameras and other photographic equipment to reproduce camera-ready copy onto films, plates and digital output devices
  • using computer applications to generate images, text, layouts and impositions for print and other visual media displays
  • operating plate making equipment to reproduce images from film to printing plates, digital output devices and presses
  • operating computer screen-based equipment for scanning, colour separation, colour correction, masking, creative design, combining, imposing, retouching, and other processes used to transfer copy to film and produce film for plate, digital output and cylinder productions
  • carrying out digital and chemical proofing from digital systems, and negative and positive films
  • evaluating printed proofs, checking and correcting them for quality
  • preparing and exposing carbon tissue for laying on cylinders by transfer method, and developing images

All Graphic Pre-press Trades Workers

  • $1,328 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 3,000 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 34% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Graphic Pre-press Trades Workers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 3,000 in 2018 to 2,700 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 200 a year).

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
  • Location: Many Graphic Pre-press Trades Workers work in Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,328 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 34% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
20085400
20092600
20103500
20114600
20122600
20133300
20141400
20153100
20162600
20171900
20183000
20232700

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsGraphic Pre-press Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings13281460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing53.4
Information Media and Telecommunications16.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services14.1
Education and Training3.1
Other Industries13.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateGraphic Pre-press Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW34.031.6
VIC36.725.6
QLD12.720.0
SA7.77.0
WA7.010.8
TAS1.02.0
NT0.31.0
ACT0.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketGraphic Pre-press Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.1-5.05.0
20-243.2-9.39.3
25-3417.9-22.922.9
35-4429.7-22.022.0
45-5427.5-21.621.6
55-5910.0-9.09.0
60-646.4-6.06.0
65 and Over4.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationGraphic Pre-press Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree13.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma18.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV43.9-21.121.1
Year 1212.8-18.118.1
Year 113.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below5.5-12.512.5

You usually need an apprenticeship in print communications or printing and graphic arts to work as a Graphic Pre-press Trades Worker.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Printing & Graphic Arts VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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Employers look for Graphic Pre-press Trades Workers who are hardworking, reliable and work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Computers and electronics

    68% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  2. Technical design

    56% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  3. English language

    53% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Clerical

    53% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  5. Production and processing

    48% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-5111.00 - Prepress Technicians and Workers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Time pressure

    98% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    93% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    92% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Electronic mail

    89% Important

    Use electronic mail.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-5111.00 - Prepress Technicians and Workers.

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