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Careers in Graphic Communications

Call it printing. Or call it graphic arts or graphic communications. Whatever you call it, you're referring to one of the largest industries in the United States in terms of not only employees but also annual revenue. And it's always looking for ways to assist interested students in getting their start in the industry. Graphic communications is a multifaceted industry, with a wide range of career opportunities. The industry is made up of not only printers, but also publishers, packagers, papermakers, ink makers, equipment manufacturers, and in-house design and printing departments within corporations, banks, and even department stores.

PIASC has developed an extensive career awareness program to help industry secure skilled employees now and in the future. The program includes something for everyone; from elementary to university students securing a job in the industry. Program features include: industry speakers, career days, plant tours, competitions, scholarships, and job placement. For more information on any of these programs, please contact Lou Caron, 323.728.9500, Ext. 274.

What is Printing?
This guide will show you some important things about the printing press. Who invented it? What printing presses look like? How they work? And some of the many things they print. Once you read this book, you will know what printing is and how important it is to you and to everyone in the world.

For additional copies of "What Is Printing?" Contact:

MAN Roland Inc.
800 East Oak Hill Drive
Westmont, Illinois 60559-5522
(630) 920-2000

The Diverse World of Graphic Communications Career Booklet
This brochure is the latest publication, produced by PIASC, that identifies the range of opportunities available in the printing and publishing industry (excluding internet publishing). It is a major manufacturing sector industry in California, and plays a prominent role in the state's economy. You may be surprised by the size and scope of our industry. Here are a few statistics:

  • In 2014, the last year for which we have data, the California printing and publishing industry (excluding Internet publishing) ranks first among all states in terms of number of establishments, employment, and shipments (sales).
  • Within the state, printing and publishing is one of the largest economic sectors in terms of number of establishments, with 5,198 individual companies. Moreover, it is a top five sector in many of the most populous counties in the state.
  • The California printing and publishing industry employs 82,002 workers, almost as many as the Aircraft and Allied Parts and Chemical industries combined.
  • In 2014, the printing and publishing industry generated $15.1 billion in shipments (sales). This is up nearly 2percent over the previous year and continues to place California as the number one print producing state in the nation, ahead of New York and Illinois, in the nation—and, for that matter, the world.

For more information about careers in graphic communications, please contact Lou Caron, 323.728.9500, Ext. 274.

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