Open Colleges
graphic-design Graphic Design Assistant Desktop Publisher careersgraphic-design outlook

Employment Outlook

Assistant Desktop Publisher

Assistant Desktop Publishers produce materials for publication using computer software, such as books, newsletters and reports. From a Graphic Design perspective, they may work on different types of documents. Desktop publishers may create layouts as well as typographic elements. 


Average wage for

Employment Levels

There are currently 56 600 people employed in roles similar to Assistant Desktop Publishers in Australia. According to the Department of Employment, over the next 5 years (up until the year 2018) there will be 8 400 more job openings within this profession.

Employment by State

The majority of people in roles similar to Assistant Desktop Publishers are employed in NSW. There are a higher proportion of Assistant Desktop Publishers in VIC than the average for all occupations, while the population in the ACT is close to the national average.

Gender Split

This industry is slightly male-dominated. 56.3% of Graphic and Web Design Workers (a job category similar to Assistant Desktop Publishers) are male, and 43.7% are female.

Age Brackets

The median age for people in roles similar to Assistant Desktop Publishers is 33 years. Assistant Desktop Publishers are 7 years younger than the average age for workers in all occupations.

Hours Worked

People in roles similar to Assistant Desktop Publishers work an average of 40.4 hours a week. This is 0.7 hours less per week than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of workers employed in similar professions to Assistant Desktop Publishers hold a Bachelor degree. Another 26.4% hold an Advanced Diploma or Diploma as their highest qualification.

Assistant Desktop Publisher Duties & Tasks

  • Create and format materials using templates.
  • Import and export images and text into templates.
  • Design and layout materials.
  • Troubleshoot issues such as font problems, corrupted files, and incompatible formats.
  • Gather materials or create new ones as needed.
  • Check proofs for mistakes before printing.
  • Liaise with commercial printers.



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.