Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-5112 Printing Press Operators
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Collect and inspect random samples during print runs to identify any necessary adjustments. Examine job orders to determine quantities to be printed, stock specifications, colors, or special printing instructions. Verify that paper and ink meet the specifications for a given job. Start presses and pull proofs to check for ink coverage and density, alignment, and registration. Change press plates, blankets, or cylinders, as required. Obtain or mix inks and fill ink fountains. Feed paper through press cylinders and adjust feed and tension controls. Load presses with paper and make necessary adjustments, according to paper size. Secure printing plates to printing units and adjust tolerances. Clean ink fountains, plates, or printing unit cylinders when press runs are completed. Monitor automated press operation systems and respond to fault, error, or alert messages. Clean or oil presses or make minor repairs, using hand tools. Adjust ink fountain flow rates. Maintain time or production records.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $9.66   Entry $20,092.00
Mean $14.49   Mean $30,148.00
Experience $16.90 Experience $35,171.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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