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Career and Education Opportunities for Online Publishers in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for online publishers. There are currently 1,980 jobs for online publishers in Texas and this is projected to grow 11% 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.

Income for online publishers is about $18 per hour or $38,790 yearly on average in Texas. Nationally, their income is about $17 per hour or $36,600 annually. Compared with people working in the overall category of Computer Operation, people working as online publishers in Texas earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Computer Operation nationally.

There are eighty-one schools of higher education in the Houston area, including three within twenty-five miles of Houston where you can get a degree to start your career as an online publisher. Given that the most common education level 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.

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 Houston 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

Houston Community College System - Houston, TX

Houston Community College System, 3100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77266-7517. Houston Community College System is a large college located in Houston, Texas. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 48,087 students. Houston Community College System has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design which graduated seven and sixteen students respectively in 2008.

Lee College - Baytown, TX

Lee College, 511 S Whiting, Baytown, TX 77520. Lee College is a medium sized college located in Baytown, Texas. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 5,968 students. Lee College has a less than one year and an associate's degree program in Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design which graduated one and two students respectively in 2008.

Alvin Community College - Alvin, TX

Alvin Community College, 3110 Mustang Rd, Alvin, TX 77511-4898. Alvin Community College is a small college located in Alvin, Texas. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 4,386 students. Alvin Community College has a one to two year program in Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design which graduated twenty-two students 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: Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas
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Houston is located in Harris County, Texas. It has a population of over 2,242,193, which has grown by 14.8% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Houston, 89, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Houston are valued at $173,500 on average, which is near the state average. In 2008, 3,684 new homes were constructed in Houston, down from 6,035 the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Houston are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and administrative and support and waste management services. The average commute to work is about 27 minutes. More than 27.0% of Houston residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Houston is 8.0%, which is less than Texas's average of 8.1%.

The percentage of Houston residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 50.4%, is more than the national average but less than the state average. El Buen Pastor United Methodist Church, 34th Temple Church of God in Christ and Pentecostal Church of God in Christ are some of the churches located in Houston. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the United Methodist Church.

Houston is home to the Champion Rod and Gun Club and the Independence Heights Residential Historic District as well as Hermann Park and Hennessey Park. Shopping centers in the area include Windsor Plaza Shopping Center, Meyerland Plaza Shopping Center and Meyerland Shopping Center. Visitors to Houston can choose from Capital Inn, Bradford Homesuites - Houston Galleria and Best Western Fountainview Inn and Suites for temporary stays in the area.