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Arts, A/V Technology and Communications Occupational Pathway

Arts, A/V Technology and Communications careers range from press operators to customer service representatives and sales. The printing industry applies creativity and technical skills to transform text and graphics into finished products. This Youth Apprenticeship occupation area focuses on one pathway:

Industries range from commercial printing, label and tag printing, greeting card printing, specialty printing, packaging printing, to other trade services, such as binding and finishing.

Arts, A/V Technology and Communications Pathway

Students can choose from two occupational areas with options to specific pathways.

Printing Technology Pathway

People who work in the Printing Technology pathway create visual concepts through design with color, lettering, images, and logos. They then take those designs and convert them into printed material in 3 stages: Pre-press, press, and binding and finishing. There are four pathways to choose from.


Printing Technology

  • Computer Typography and Composition Operator
  • Desktop Publishing Specialist
  • Graphics Equipment Operator
  • Lithographer
  • Paper Salesperson
  • Plate Maker
  • Pre-Production Technician
  • Printing Equipment Operator
  • Production Coordinator
  • Production Manager
  • Web Page Designer

Average Wages

Below are some examples of careers wages in each pathway. Visit the Occupational Employer Statistics page to find average wages for a specific occupation not listed.

Desktop Publishers: Average $50,090
Graphic Designers: Average $47,980
Printing Press Operators: Average $38,440

Getting Started

Get started by talking to a school counselor, Youth Apprenticeship Local Coordinator, or Regional Coordinator about how to apply and obtain career materials (plans of study). Contact DWD Youth Apprenticeship Staff for general or statewide program information.

Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications Occupational Pathway