Printing Press Operators

2.3/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $18.21 hourly
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 85% (Robots are watching)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Manual Dexterity
Assisting and Caring for Others
Finger Dexterity
very important
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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 -9.9% by 2030
'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 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

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

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Printing Press Operators' was $37,880, or $18.21 hourly
'Printing Press Operators' are paid 9.7% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed in this occupation?

As of 2020 there were 160,270 people employed as Printing Press Operators.
This represents around 0.12% of the employed workforce across the United States.

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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