• Printing Press Operators
  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 37,900
    $23,520 range bar $58,930
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Slow Growing
  • Printing press operators set up and operate digital, letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, or other printing machines.

What do they typically do

  • Change press plates, blankets, or cylinders, as required
  • Collect and inspect random samples during print runs to identify any necessary adjustments
  • Feed paper through press cylinders and adjust feed and tension controls
  • Start presses and pull proofs to check for ink coverage and density, alignment, and registration
  • Load presses with paper and make necessary adjustments according to paper size
  • Check that paper and ink meet the specifications for a given job
  • Obtain or mix inks and fill ink fountains
  • Examine job orders to determine the number to print, stock specifications, colors, or special printing instructions

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth -0.9%
Job Opening 487

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Education & Training

  • Education

    Most occupations require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
    Associated Programs or Majors
    • NA
Private Training Programs

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