Graphic visual programmer - Salary and Career
Graphic prepress workers

Graphic visual programmer - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They plan graphic prepress services. They perform graphic visual programming and edit texts and images. They operate image processing processes, assemble photoliths and electronic imposition. They operate proofing systems and copy plates. They engrave matrices for rotogravure, flexography, chalcography and screen printing. They work following safety, hygiene, quality and environmental standards.

How much does an Graphic visual programmer earn

A Graphic visual programmer earns between $1.028 and $7.142 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.612 and a median salary of $1.850 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 861 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Graphic visual programmer

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.612 31.349 653 13
1º Quartile 1.028 12.331 257 5
Median Salary 1.850 22.200 463 9
3º Quartile 5.446 65.358 1.362 26
Higher Salary 7.142 85.699 1.785 35

Professional job categories

  • Workers in the production of industrial goods and services
    • workers in the textile, tanning, clothing and graphic arts industries
      • graphics production workers
        • graphic prepress workers

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Main workplaces

Graphic prepress workers they operate in the segment of editing, printing and reproduction of recordings and in various business activities as salaried employees with a formal contract. They are organized individually, under permanent supervision, in a closed environment and in shifts (day/night). They work under pressure, in uncomfortable positions for a long period of time and remain exposed to toxic materials, radiation and intense noise.

What does it take to work in the field of Graphic prepress workers

In order to perform these occupations, a completed high school education and a professional qualification course of 200 to 400 class hours are required, given by institutions or schools specialized in the area. The full performance of activities takes up to one year of professional experience.

Functions and activities of Graphic visual programmer

Graphic prepress workers must:

  • perform graphical visual programming;
  • operate image treatment processes;
  • engrave matrix for rotogravure;
  • engrave serigraphic matrix;
  • operate proofing systems;
  • write matrix for flexography;
  • assembling photoliths and electronic imposition;
  • copy plate;
  • operate image processing processes;
  • record chalchographic matrix;
  • write serigraphic matrix;
  • etch matrix for flexography;
  • mounting photoliths and electronic imposition;
  • copy plate;
  • etch die for flexography;
  • engrave matrix for rotogravure;
  • engrave die for rotogravure;
  • operate proof systems;
  • plan prepress services;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • etch die for rotogravure;
  • record calcographic matrix;
  • engrave calcographic matrix;
  • mount photoliths and electronic imposition;
  • edit texts and images;
  • operate evidence systems;
  • operating image processing processes;
  • edit text and images;
  • operating testing systems;

  • Activities

    • cleaning equipment and materials used for assembly;
    • position the photolith on the matrix;
    • retouch serigraphic matrix;
    • position support in the registry;
    • order material for the responsible department;
    • identify customer order;
    • reproduce images with contact press;
    • retouch films;
    • diagram texts;
    • define production process;
    • mount texts, images and other elements (manually or electronically);
    • reduce images with scanner and/or camera;
    • design design;
    • checking heliographic evidence;
    • analyzing original characteristics;
    • show creativity;
    • identify originals;
    • get organized;
    • operate electromechanical engraver;
    • prove metric acuity;
    • check the conditions of the matrix and photolith;
    • check condition of cylinders and photoliths;
    • ink matrix;
    • finish the plate;
    • make digital proof;
    • open digital file for proof printing;
    • print evidence;
    • format texts;
    • develop films (manually or in processor);
    • enlarge images with scanner and/or camera;
    • order material to the responsible department;
    • engrave serigraphic matrix;
    • preparing chemical solutions for developing and fixing the photoliths;
    • retouch cylinder;
    • use personal protective equipment;
    • maintain attendance;
    • evidence visual acuity;
    • position mounting on plate;
    • write matrix (manually or in processor);
    • positioning matrix on test equipment;
    • set printing characteristics for proof (format, paper, printer);
    • demonstrate attention;
    • engrave cylinder (by chemical process);
    • position the negative over the matrix;
    • act with zeal;
    • calibrate electromechanical engraver;
    • retouch plate;
    • create budget;
    • select mounting bases;
    • exhibit dynamism;
    • dry silkscreen matrix;
    • prepare plates with chemicals;
    • enter texts;
    • transfer image to cylinder or pigmented paper;
    • making heliographic and digital proofs;
    • dry die for final finishing;
    • select matrices and support;
    • final assembly touch up;
    • analyze work order;
    • engrave with acid;
    • illustrate texts;
    • check plate condition;
    • copy image on plate;
    • reveal plate (manually or in processor);
    • check matrix and negative conditions;
    • set spine size;
    • analyze work order;
    • demonstrate motor skills;
    • show visual acuity;
    • make doll (core and cover);
    • making templates;
    • chemically prepare the cylinder surface;
    • identify the economic and technical feasibility of the project;
    • making final assembly (analog or digital) according to the printing process ;
    • check equipment condition;
    • define graphic visual programming characteristics (color, format, weight);
    • sensitize plate with photosensitive emulsion;
    • follow safety, environmental and work procedures;
    • set raw material;
    • operate copier;

    Sectors that hire Graphic visual programmer the most in the job market

    • prepress services
    • development of computer programs and software in general
    • printing material for advertising use
    • port, maritime and river works
    • editing records, lists and other graphic products
    • printing material for other uses
    • building highways and railways
    • clothing parts making
    • advertising agencies
    • combined office and administrative support services

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