Bind books and other publications or finish printed products by hand or machine. May set up binding and finishing machines.
- Apply color to edges of signatures using brushes, pads, or atomizers.
- Repair, restore, or rebind old, rare, or damaged books, using hand tools.
- Punch holes in and fasten paper sheets, signatures, or other material, using hand or machine punches and staplers.
- Design original or special bindings for limited editions or other custom binding projects.
- Form book bodies by folding and sewing printed sheets to form signatures and assembling signatures in numerical order.
- Meet with clients, printers, or designers to discuss job requirements or binding plans.
- Compress sewed or glued signatures, using hand presses or smashing machines.
- Imprint or emboss lettering, designs, or numbers on book covers, using gold, silver, or colored foil, and stamping machines.
- Perform highly skilled hand finishing binding operations, such as grooving or lettering.
- Bind new books, using hand tools such as bone folders, knives, hammers, or brass binding tools.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: I.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Achievement in their jobs.
- Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
- Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $32,630 with most people making between $20,270 and $47,730
During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 3,060 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,880 employed in 2024.
This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 50 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.
Industry breakdown is not available for this occupation
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