Printing Press Operators

2.2/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $18.16 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 76% (Robots are watching)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Manual Dexterity
Assisting and Caring for Others
Finger Dexterity
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Printing Press Operators' job openings is expected to decline by -15.5% by 2031
'Printing Press Operators' is expected to be a very slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Printing Press Operators' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Printing Press Operators' was $37,770, or $18.16 hourly
'Printing Press Operators' are paid 17.5% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as printing press operators?

As of 2021 there were 145,290 people employed as Printing Press Operators within the United States.
This represents around 0.10% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 969 people are employed as Printing Press Operators.

Job description

Set up and operate digital, letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, or other printing machines. Includes short-run offset printing presses.

SOC Code: 51-5112.00


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Hoop Jones says
Already digital printing is being implemented on traditional printing presses. The press operators have to make a few clicks and maintain the digital printing head. Certainly within the next decade this will be the new standard.
Dec 27, 2019 at 07:29 AM
John A. (Likely) says
As a printer I see various operations and systems being narrowed down to be run by a small team of maybe 1-4 people for one press that for the most part automatically does everything.
Jun 26, 2019 at 01:57 AM

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