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Career Opportunities

Etchers And Engravers

engrave or etch metal, wood, rubber, or other materials. Includes such workers as etcher-circuit processors, pantograph engravers, and silk screen etchers.
$35230
No degree required
Personality Match

Printing Press Operators

set up and operate digital, letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, or other printing machines. Includes short-run offset printing presses.
$40200
No degree required
Personality Match

Prepress Technicians And Workers

format and proof text and images submitted by designers and clients into finished pages that can be printed. Includes digital and photo typesetting. May produce printing plates.
$43370
No degree required
Personality Match


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Computer Typography and Composition Equipment Operator

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Recording Arts Technology

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to the production of sound recordings as finished products or as components of film/video, broadcast, live, or mixed media productions. Includes instruction in sound equipment operation and maintenance; music, dialogue, and sound effects recording; soundtrack editing; dubbing and mixing; sound engineering; tape, disk, and CD production; digital recording and transmission; amplification and modulation; and working with producers, editors, directors, artists, and production managers.


Voice Writing Technology

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to use voice writing computer software and speak a verbal shorthand language to create transcripts and screen captioning of live or recorded events intended for the public or a specific audience in a variety of media (e.g., digital, film, print, television) as well as for conferences, conversations, interviews, and meetings. Includes instruction in screen captioning, speed building, spoken shorthand, transcription, and voice input writing.

Graphic Communications

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Printing Management

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical and managerial knowledge and skills to the processes and procedures of managing printing operations from initial design through finished product distribution. Includes instruction in the principles of graphic communications design and production; quality control; printing operations management; computerization; printing plant management; business finance and marketing; logistics and distribution; personnel supervision and leadership; and professional standards in the graphic communications industry.

Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to the layout, design and typographic arrangement of printed and/or electronic graphic and textual products. Includes instruction in printing and lithographic equipment and operations, computer hardware and software, digital imaging, print preparation, page layout and design, desktop publishing, and applicable principles of graphic design and web page design.

Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, and Special Effects

A program that prepares individuals to use computer applications and related visual and sound imaging techniques to manipulate images and information originating as film, video, still photographs, digital copy, soundtracks, and physical objects in order to communicate messages simulating real-world content. Includes instruction in specialized camerawork and equipment operation and maintenance, image capture, computer programming, dubbing, CAD applications, and applications to specific commercial, industrial, and entertainment needs.



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