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Are there any knowledgeable prognosticators of the Printing Business?

I have been in the small offset field for over 25 years. I have seen many changes over the last 5-10 years with the advent of digital technology. Now there are fewer jobs for press operators and many shops are even choosing to reduce equipment and staff and farm out much of their work. Is there a future in this business for a top-knotch press operator, or should I consider changing over the next few years? Or, is there a change I can make within the field? Is it possible that my career may continue for the next 20 years? My experience ranges from running little old AB Dick duplicators to a Ryobi 3304 (small 4 color press). What would you say is the future for the small commercial printing business?

Asked By: TroothBTold - 7/17/2007
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Forget your experience. It is your skill and knowledge that is important. Does that make sense... More
Answered By: d00ney - 7/17/2007
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There are more horses in the US today than a century ago - but there's not much work for a teamster... More
Answered By: Paul Ding - 7/17/2007
 
The good news is there is a growing demand for printed materials the bad news for you is that it is being taken off the traditional offset press and going digital. The training and expertise it takes to run a Xerox iGen or Kodak Nexpress and maintaining a digital workflow is where the future lies... More
Answered By: Seano - 7/17/2007
 
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