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.
Students can choose from one occupational area with options to specific pathways.
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 two pathways to choose from.
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
The Department of Workforce Development recommends taking the following courses:
Classroom instruction maybe offered by qualified instructors within the school district, at another school district, a Wisconsin Technical College, a University, through virtual/online learning, and/or by the employer.
This list is not exhaustive but gives an idea of the types of classes a student needs to take for success in this field. Regional Coordinators can help with finding courses that are best for the chosen pathway and will inform students on the related instruction for each pathway. DWD also recommends outside activities/clubs for an enhanced experience such as:
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