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Overview

All Printers

  • $1,132 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • 12,600 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 87% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 13% female Gender Share

Printers set up and operate letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, newspaper, instant, digital and offset printing presses.

You can work as a Printer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in print manufacturing, printing or printing and graphic art is usually required. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Tasks
  • setting, adjusting and monitoring substrate-feed mechanisms, delivery mechanisms, inking systems and other printing machine functions
  • mixing ink and solvents to standard, and regulating paper and ink supply during print runs
  • monitoring, evaluating and determining press operations manually and by computer to check print quality standards against proofs and detect malfunctions
  • producing a variety of printed products using relief, lithographic, flexographic and gravure printing presses, and in-line finishing systems
  • preparing plates, blankets and impression cylinders on small offset lithographic printing presses
  • loading paper into feeding mechanisms
  • monitoring machine operations and quality of printing
  • undertaking maintenance, adjustment, repair and cleaning of machines
  • producing and managing digital print images, and transferring and outputting images
  • may set up and operate paper and bookbinding guillotines

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Printer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in print manufacturing, printing or printing and graphic art is usually required. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Printing & Graphic Arts VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Printers who are hardworking, reliable and work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    49% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Production and processing

    43% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    41% Skill level

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

  4. Customer and personal service

    34% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Chemistry

    33% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  6. Administration and management

    33% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  7. Mathematics

    32% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  8. Technical design

    32% Skill level

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

  9. Clerical

    24% Skill level

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

  10. Engineering and technology

    24% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  11. Education and training

    23% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  12. Computers and electronics

    20% Skill level

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

  13. Physics

    18% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  14. Personnel and human resources

    14% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  15. Building and construction

    12% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  16. Public safety and security

    10% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  17. Economics and accounting

    10% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  18. Sales and marketing

    8% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  19. Transportation

    7% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  20. Law and government

    4% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    50% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  2. Critical thinking

    48% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  3. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  4. Reading comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  5. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  6. Active listening

    43% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  8. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  9. Equipment maintenance

    43% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  10. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  11. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  12. Active learning

    41% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  13. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  14. Social perceptiveness

    41% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  15. Troubleshooting

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  16. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  17. Repairing

    39% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  18. Writing

    39% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  19. Equipment selection

    37% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  20. Persuasion

    36% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  2. Finger dexterity

    52% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  3. Control precision

    50% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  4. Visualization

    48% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  5. Colour discrimination

    46% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  6. Oral comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  7. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  8. Arm-hand steadiness

    46% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  9. Written comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  10. Far vision

    45% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  11. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  12. Oral expression

    45% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  13. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  14. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  16. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  17. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  18. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  19. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Inductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    73% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    72% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  3. Working with mechanical equipment

    59% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  4. Monitoring people, processes and things

    58% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  5. Doing physically active work

    58% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    56% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    55% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    55% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  9. Checking for errors or defects

    54% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  10. Assessing and evaluating things

    51% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  11. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    50% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  12. Communicating within a team

    49% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  13. Planning and prioritising work

    49% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  14. Collecting and organising information

    49% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  15. Researching and investigating

    47% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Thinking creatively

    46% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  17. Building good relationships

    45% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  18. Documenting or recording information

    44% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  19. Making sense of information and ideas

    41% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  20. Working with computers

    31% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Work Environment

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. Exposure to contaminants

    97% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    96% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    94% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    90% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Spend time standing

    90% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  6. Frequent decision making

    89% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  7. Time pressure

    89% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  8. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    88% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  9. Pace of work set by equipment

    88% Important

    Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

  10. Freedom to make decisions

    86% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  11. Impact of decisions

    84% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Contact with people

    82% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  13. Face-to-face discussions

    82% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  14. Dangerous equipment

    82% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  15. Unstructured work

    79% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  16. Health and safety of others

    77% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  17. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    75% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  18. Dangerous conditions

    74% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    73% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  20. Repeating same tasks

    72% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    57% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Achievement

    48% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Independence

    43% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Working conditions

    43% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Relationships

    33% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    90% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    71% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Analytical

    24% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
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, 51-5112.00 - Printing Press Operators.

All Printers

  • $1,132 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • 12,600 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 87% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 13% female Gender Share

Printers set up and operate letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, newspaper, instant, digital and offset printing presses.

You can work as a Printer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in print manufacturing, printing or printing and graphic art is usually required. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Tasks
  • setting, adjusting and monitoring substrate-feed mechanisms, delivery mechanisms, inking systems and other printing machine functions
  • mixing ink and solvents to standard, and regulating paper and ink supply during print runs
  • monitoring, evaluating and determining press operations manually and by computer to check print quality standards against proofs and detect malfunctions
  • producing a variety of printed products using relief, lithographic, flexographic and gravure printing presses, and in-line finishing systems
  • preparing plates, blankets and impression cylinders on small offset lithographic printing presses
  • loading paper into feeding mechanisms
  • monitoring machine operations and quality of printing
  • undertaking maintenance, adjustment, repair and cleaning of machines
  • producing and managing digital print images, and transferring and outputting images
  • may set up and operate paper and bookbinding guillotines

You can work as a Printer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in print manufacturing, printing or printing and graphic art is usually required. These courses are often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Printing & Graphic Arts VET training pathways.

Employers look for Printers who are hardworking, reliable and work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    49% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Production and processing

    43% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    41% Skill level

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

  4. Customer and personal service

    34% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Chemistry

    33% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  6. Administration and management

    33% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  7. Mathematics

    32% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  8. Technical design

    32% Skill level

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

  9. Clerical

    24% Skill level

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

  10. Engineering and technology

    24% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  11. Education and training

    23% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  12. Computers and electronics

    20% Skill level

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

  13. Physics

    18% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  14. Personnel and human resources

    14% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  15. Building and construction

    12% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  16. Public safety and security

    10% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  17. Economics and accounting

    10% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  18. Sales and marketing

    8% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  19. Transportation

    7% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  20. Law and government

    4% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    50% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  2. Critical thinking

    48% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  3. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  4. Reading comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  5. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  6. Active listening

    43% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  8. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  9. Equipment maintenance

    43% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  10. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  11. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  12. Active learning

    41% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  13. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  14. Social perceptiveness

    41% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  15. Troubleshooting

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  16. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  17. Repairing

    39% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  18. Writing

    39% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  19. Equipment selection

    37% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  20. Persuasion

    36% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  2. Finger dexterity

    52% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  3. Control precision

    50% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  4. Visualization

    48% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  5. Colour discrimination

    46% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  6. Oral comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  7. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  8. Arm-hand steadiness

    46% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  9. Written comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  10. Far vision

    45% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  11. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  12. Oral expression

    45% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  13. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  14. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  16. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  17. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  18. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  19. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Inductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    73% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    72% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  3. Working with mechanical equipment

    59% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  4. Monitoring people, processes and things

    58% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  5. Doing physically active work

    58% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    56% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    55% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    55% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  9. Checking for errors or defects

    54% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  10. Assessing and evaluating things

    51% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  11. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    50% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  12. Communicating within a team

    49% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  13. Planning and prioritising work

    49% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  14. Collecting and organising information

    49% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  15. Researching and investigating

    47% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Thinking creatively

    46% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  17. Building good relationships

    45% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  18. Documenting or recording information

    44% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  19. Making sense of information and ideas

    41% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  20. Working with computers

    31% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Occupational Information Network
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, 51-5112.00 - Printing Press Operators.

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.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Exposure to contaminants

    97% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    96% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    94% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    90% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Spend time standing

    90% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  6. Frequent decision making

    89% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  7. Time pressure

    89% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  8. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    88% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  9. Pace of work set by equipment

    88% Important

    Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

  10. Freedom to make decisions

    86% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  11. Impact of decisions

    84% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Contact with people

    82% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  13. Face-to-face discussions

    82% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  14. Dangerous equipment

    82% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  15. Unstructured work

    79% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  16. Health and safety of others

    77% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  17. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    75% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  18. Dangerous conditions

    74% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    73% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  20. Repeating same tasks

    72% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    57% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Achievement

    48% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Independence

    43% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Working conditions

    43% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Relationships

    33% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    90% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    71% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Analytical

    24% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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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, 51-5112.00 - Printing Press Operators.
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