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Desktop Publishing and Graphics
Curriculum code 1312

Course Requirements                   Information Management Systems Web site

This certificate provides skill development in beginning-level desktop publishing. Students utilize software such as Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, and QuarkXPress. This program is designed for the experienced computer user who possesses strong skills in Microsoft Windows navigation and computer application packages. It is appropriate for students who have earned a degree previously or who can prove substantial work experience. Students who are interested in beginning a career in graphics or desktop publishing and do not possess these prerequisite skills should meet with the department chair or program coordinator to plan appropriate course selections.

Nature of WorkDesktop publishing specialists utilize desktop publishing, graphics, and related software to create and print a variety of materials. Specialists design layout of text, photos, or illustrations for newsletters, flyers, brochures, posters, manuals, or other advertising and presentation materials.

Related Job TitlesDesktop publisher, desktop publishing specialist.

Employment OutlookEmployment of desktop publishers is expected to decline 23% between 2008 and 2018. However, job prospects will be better for those with experience as many employers prefer to hire experienced desktop publishers because of the long time it takes to become good at this work. Among individuals with little or no experience, opportunities should be best for those with computer backgrounds, certification in desktop publishing, or who have completed a postsecondary program in desktop publishing, graphic design, or Web design.

EarningsEarnings for desktop publishers vary according to level of experience, training, location and size of firm. Median annual earnings of desktop publishers were $36,600 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $28,140 and $47,870. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,860, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $59,210 per year. Median annual earnings for desktop publishers in May 2008 were $39,870 in printing and related support services and $33,130 in newspaper, periodical, book and directory publishers. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011

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