Typesetters are responsible for importing, transcribing, or "keyboarding" text to software, which allows them to modify the text to make it more pleasing for clients. They may sit at a computer for long hours of the day to mold text into works of art, and many work freelance while some work for specific companies.
Most typesetters work directly with clients, rather than with third-party communicators, to ensure quality performance by fully understanding what the client wants. An associate’s degree in communications or graphic design is generally required for this position, and some employers may accept those who have certification in graphic design. Strong communication skills are essential in this position, as they spend a great deal of time communicating with clients over the phone, through email, and in-person to ensure that what the client wants is portrayed in their work.
Schedules can vary greatly in this position, as most typesetters work as freelancers. After communicating with clients, typesetters spend the majority of their time on the computer and usually work until the deadline the client has provided. All typesetters should be detail-oriented, have a keen eye for design, and have flexibility regarding clients' budgets while creating the best work possible.
Convert files, adhere to standards and securely transmit orders.
Use software to create, improve, verify and confirm designs and orders.
Lay out text, select fonts and ensure readability of final product.