In a typical work setting, prepress workers:
- Have a medium to high level of social contact.
- They usually communicate through face-to-face discussions, telephone, and e-mail.
- May work as part of a team.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other prepress workers.
Physical Work Conditions
- Always work indoors.
- Are sometimes exposed to contaminants, such as chemicals and inks.
- May share work space with other prepress workers.
- Are sometimes exposed to loud or uncomfortable sounds from the presses.
- Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Errors could delay projects or cost the company money.
- Repeat the same physical activities.
- Must keep up with the pace of the machines.
- Regularly make decisions that greatly impact clients and their employer's reputation. They often act independently, but may also seek feedback from others before deciding a course of action.
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- Set many of their daily tasks and goals without speaking to a supervisor first.
- Must constantly meet strict daily deadlines.
- Usually work full time.
- May work nights, weekends, and holidays if working at a newspaper.
- May work overtime to meet deadlines.