Prepress Workers

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Prepress Workers

Prepress Workers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, prepress workers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • 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.

Work Performance

  • 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.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.