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Desktop Publisher

What Desktop Publishers Do

Desktop publishers use computer software to design page layouts for newspapers, books, brochures, and other items that are printed or published online.

Work Environment

Many desktop publishers work full time, and they may need to work additional hours to meet publication deadlines.

How to Become a Desktop Publisher

Desktop publishers typically need an associate’s degree. They also receive short-term on-the-job training lasting about 1 month.


The median annual wage for desktop publishers was $42,350 in May 2017.

Job Outlook 
 Employment of desktop publishers is projected to decline 14 percent by 2026. Companies are expected to hire fewer desktop publishers as other types of workers—such as graphic designers, web designers, and editors—increasingly perform desktop-publishing tasks.