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Career and Education Opportunities for Online Publishers in Elgin, Illinois

Online publisher career and educational opportunities abound in Elgin, Illinois. There are currently 2,310 jobs for online publishers in Illinois and this is projected to shrink by 5% to about 2,200 jobs by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for online publishers are expected to shrink by about 22.5%. Online publishers generally format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.

A person working as an online publisher can expect to earn about $16 hourly or $35,090 yearly on average in Illinois and about $17 per hour or $36,600 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Incomes for online publishers are not quite as good as in the overall category of Computer Operation in Illinois, and better than the overall Computer Operation category nationally.

The Elgin area is home to sixty-one schools of higher education, including two within twenty-five miles of Elgin where you can get a degree as an online publisher. Given that the most common education level for online publishers is an Associate's, or other 2-year degree, it will take about two years to learn to be an online publisher if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Online Publisher

Online Publisher video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, online publishers format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.

Online publishers check preliminary and final proofs for errors and make needed corrections. They also study layout or other design instructions to establish work to be done and sequence of operations. Equally important, online publishers have to enter text into computer keyboard and decide on the size and style of type, column width and appropriate spacing for printed materials. They are often called upon to ready sample layouts for approval, using computer software. They are expected to edit graphics and photos using pixel or bitmap editing, airbrushing or image retouching. Finally, online publishers operate desktop publishing software and apparatus to layout and produce camera-ready copy.

Every day, online publishers are expected to be able to see details at a very fine level of focus. They need to visualize how things come together and can be organized. It is also important that they distinguish between colors.

It is important for online publishers to collaborate with graphic artists, editors and writers to produce master copies in line with layout specifications. They are often called upon to load floppy disks or tapes containing data into system. They also decide on number of colors and decide on color separations. They are sometimes expected to position text and art elements from a variety of databases in a visually appealing way to lay out print or web pages, using knowledge of type styles and size and layout patterns. Somewhat less frequently, online publishers are also expected to position text and art elements from a variety of databases in a visually appealing way to lay out print or web pages, using knowledge of type styles and size and layout patterns.

Online publishers sometimes are asked to view monitors for visual representation of activities in progress and for instructions and feedback throughout process, making modifications as needed. And finally, they sometimes have to convert various types of files for printing or for the Internet, using computer software.

Like many other jobs, online publishers must be thorough and dependable and believe in cooperation and coordination.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Elgin include:

  • Computer Clerk. Operate data entry device.
  • Computer Systems Support Specialist. Monitor and control electronic computer and peripheral electronic data processing equipment to process business, scientific, and other data according to operating instructions. May enter commands at a computer terminal and set controls on computer and peripheral devices. Monitor and respond to operating and error messages.
  • Typist. Type letters, reports, or other material from rough draft, corrected copy, or voice recording. May perform other clerical duties as assigned.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Online Publisher Training

Elgin Community College - Elgin, IL

Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123-7193. Elgin Community College is a medium sized college located in Elgin, Illinois. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 9,821 students. Elgin Community College has a less than one year program in Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design which graduated three students in 2008.

College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn, IL

College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599. College of DuPage is a large college located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 25,668 students. College of DuPage has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design which graduated eight and thirteen students respectively in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Web Graphics and Multimedia Certificate: Equips the student for work as a Web graphic artist, creating illustrations, pictures, buttons, and other images for use on the Web, as well as the ability to create interactive multimedia designs in Flash or other programs.

For more information, see the International Webmasters Association website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Elgin, Illinois

Elgin, Illinois
Elgin, Illinois photo by James Jordan

Elgin is located in Kane County, Illinois. It has a population of over 106,330, which has grown by 12.5% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Elgin, 104, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Elgin cost $156,500 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, three hundred thirty-two new homes were constructed in Elgin, down from seven hundred fifty-six the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Elgin are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, metal and metal products, and administrative and support and waste management services. The average travel time to work is about 26 minutes. More than 20.5% of Elgin residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Elgin is 12.4%, which is greater than Illinois's average of 10.5%.

The percentage of Elgin residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 56.0%, is more than both the national and state average. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church and Saint Thomas More Roman Catholic Church are some of the churches located in Elgin. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Elgin is home to the Fox Bluff Corporate Center and the Elgin Fire Station Number 2 as well as Wing Park and College Park. Shopping malls in the area include Wing Park Manor Shopping Center, Tyler Creek Plaza Shopping Center and Town and Country Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Elgin can choose from Elgin-Days Inn, Colonial Lodge Motel and Crowne Plaza for temporary stays in the area.