Printers mainly operate a range of machines such as letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, newspaper, instant, digital and offset printing presses.

Where printers are employed

Printers work in large and small commercial printing firms and shops. Technological development has been rapid in the printing industry with the widespread application of computerised systems. Demand is greatest for people familiar with the new techniques and technology


Full-time printers in South Australia generally earn between $800 and $999 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Printers

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 838 people employed full-time as printers in South Australia compared with 1,051 in 2006.

How to become one

You can work as a printer without formal qualifications. You may get some informal training on-the-job. You can also become a printer through an apprenticeship or traineeship in printing and graphic arts (printing/digital printing). Entry requirements may vary but employers generally require year 10. Ask your career adviser about starting this training at school.

See courses related to this occupation.

For more information see apprenticeships and traineeships

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Career information has been sourced from government publications, see data sources for more information.

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