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Desktop Publishing (DTP)/ E-Publishing Technicians

Descriptions & Duties

  • Desktop Publishing (DTP)/ E-Publishing Technicians input and process data, edit text and illustrations on desktop publishing terminal; operate computer output devices for both print and E-publishing platforms.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Trade Specific Competencies

Knowledge in publishing software

Desktop Publishers must be familiar with the use of publishing software to create layout for print or electronic publishing purpose. They have to pay attention to details such as margins, font sizes, font style, spacing, spelling and the overall appearance of the material. As some of the works are published online, or in form of electronic publication, Desktop Publishers should be required to use web publishing or E-publishing software as well.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • Completion of the higher diploma or diplomas in printing / publishing or related discipline


  • At least 1 year of relevant experience

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $10,000-$20,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$45,000

Monthly Salary > $45,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Desktop Publishing(DTP)/ E-Publishing Technicians typically work indoors. Sometimes have to work overtime or irregular hours.


  • Computers with prepress software

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