MBTI® Test INFJ Desktop Publishing

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Artistic, Investigative, Conventional (AIC) (GOT)

Landing a career as a desktop publisher requires a specific set of characteristics that not just anyone possesses. For this reason, there is a certain Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI test) personality type that often thrives in this occupation. The creative and ambitious Introverted-Intuitive-Feeling-Judging (INFJ) Myers-Briggs test types often enough find careers as desktop publishers fulfilling.

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Desktop publishers are part graphic designer and part editor—they work to present materials for publication in a visually appealing and factually correct manner, working with type and other graphic elements to accomplish this. It is a desktop publishers duty to check different levels of proofs for errors and formatting issues, as well as implementing these changes into design software. Desktop publishers could work on anything from magazines and books to newsletters and websites, morphing their perception of the final product depending on the medium in which it will be presented.

Because of the computer-based nature of their job, desktop publishers need to be comfortable using many different forms of hardware, including desktop and laptop computers, graphics tablets, laser printers, smart phones, and scanners, as well as presentation hardware and thumb drives. In addition, they should be familiar with a variety of software in their field, including data conversion software, desktop publishing software (e.g., Adobe InDesign), graphics or photo imaging software (e.g., Adobe PhotoShop), and scanning software.

A career as a desktop publisher requires an eye for design and a hawk-eye for errors. Individuals in this career will oftentimes work with various art elements (be them digital or physical) in order to make something more beautiful and interesting. Part of their duties also involve coordinating with the other individuals involved in the publication process, such as illustrators, photographers, editors, writers, and other graphic designers, to make sure that everything is up to code and that the team is happy with the end result.

To succeed at this, desktop publishers must have a background in design and media, as well as a penchant for computers and various different software applications. Having a good grasp of the written word is also beneficial to this career. Because of the creativity associated with this career (and the fact that there aren’t many design-centered undergraduate degrees), work experience tends to be more important for this job than education, meaning that there’s no norm for what level of education is required. That said, almost all desktop publishers hold at least a high school diploma, and many have earned an associate’s degree or even a bachelor’s.

Below are some employment trends for Desktop Publishers’:

  • Median wage: $18.20 hourly, $37,850 annually
  • Employment: 16,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Decline (-3% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 3,000

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INFJ Careers

Click on one of these corresponding popular INFJ Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education:Clinical Psychologists, Curator, Dentist, Desktop Publisher, Editor, Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors, Fashion Designers, Graphic Designers, Healthcare Social Workers, and Pediatricians

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Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org

MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)