Three Success Factors for Finding DTP Jobs
First, desktop publishing tools are only as good as their operators. Desktop publishing professionals who can show off sophisticated portfolios can illustrate the value they add, especially to corporate purchasers. Prospective professionals must up the ante by committing to professional training and ongoing development. Only by elevating the craft of desktop publishing can DTP professionals hope to justify existing jobs while creating demand for new DTP jobs.
Second, desktop publishing careers reward professionals who can market themselves effectively while maintaining strong personal relationships. Most job referrals happen within a personal network long before a want ad hits the papers or the web. Building a combination of professional and personal connections to community business leaders can lead to early alerts of upcoming jobs and bids. Small business owners that have previously handled desktop publishing tasks in-house will increasingly look for help from highly skilled professionals as they focus their resources on running their companies. Even during recessions, doctors, attorneys, real estate companies, and insurance providers all continue to thrive with help from desktop publishing professionals.
Finally, desktop publishing professionals thrive when they understand the mobile and global nature of the business. The latest versions of Adobe Creative Suite, QuarkXPress, and other DTP tools run effectively on affordable notebook computers. Although many successful DTP professionals scour their hometowns for referral work, many projects now come from online connections. Living in a town with a low cost of living can help beginning desktop publishing professionals compete more effectively for entry-level jobs by offering quality service at lower rates than big city dwellers.
According to government data, many desktop publishers working full-time can expect to earn between $26,000 and $44,000 in 2009. By banking on personal relationships, outstanding results, and strong negotiation skills, desktop publishing professionals can prepare to ride out the current recession.