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Career and Education Opportunities for Online Publishers in Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for online publishers. About 520 people are currently employed as online publishers in Oregon. By 2016, this is expected to grow 5% to 550 people employed. 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.

Online publishers earn about $16 hourly or $34,870 annually on average in Oregon and about $17 hourly or $36,600 yearly on average nationally. Earnings for online publishers are better than earnings in the general category of Computer Operation in Oregon and better than general Computer Operation category earnings nationally.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Portland where you can study to be an online publisher, among fifty-nine schools of higher education total in the Portland area. The most common level of education for online publishers is an Associate's, or other 2-year degree. You can expect to spend about two years training to become an online publisher if you already have a high school diploma.


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 Portland include:

  • Computer Clerk. Operate data entry device.
  • Typist. Type letters, reports, or other material from rough draft, corrected copy, or voice recording. May perform other clerical duties as assigned.


Clark College - Vancouver, WA

Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663-3598. Clark College is a large college located in Vancouver, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 10,378 students. Clark College has a one to two year program in Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design which graduated six students in 2008.


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.


Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon photo by Fcb981

Portland is located in Multnomah County, Oregon. It has a population of over 557,706, which has grown by 5.4% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Portland, 103, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Portland are priced at $194,700 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, six hundred forty-eight new homes were constructed in Portland, down from 1,205 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Portland are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 23 minutes. More than 32.6% of Portland residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 11.4%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Portland is 10.7%, which is greater than Oregon's average of 10.6%.

The percentage of Portland residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 45.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Charismatic Churches Independent.

Portland is home to the Barnes Yard and the Haig as well as Cottonwood Bay City Park and Wallace City Park. Visitors to Portland can choose from Motel 6, Shilo Inns & Resorts and Comfort Inn Portland for temporary stays in the area.