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Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging
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Career Opportunities

The printing industry has more manufacturing plants than any other industry in the United States. Career opportunities are found in the ink industry, in packaging and converting companies, and with equipment and graphic arts suppliers, as well as in a wide variety of printing firms.

College graduates with a degree in printing/imaging work as estimators, customer services representatives, assistant production managers, production supervisors, quality control supervisors, management trainees, technical representatives and printing salespersons.

Typical Careers in Graphic and Printing Science (Imaging):

  • Account Executive
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Color Management Specialist
  • Communication Specialist
  • Company President/Owner
  • Computer Specialist
  • Corporate Purchaser
  • Creative Director
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Desktop Technician
  • Digital Photographer
  • Digital Solutions Specialist
  • Director of Preprint Graphics
  • Division Manager
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Estimator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Imaging Scientist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Media Specialist
  • Network Specialist
  • Page Layout & Design Specialist
  • Photo Journalist / Manager
  • Plant Manager
  • Prepress Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Production Supervisor
  • Project Engineer
  • Promotions Specialist
  • Publisher
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Quality Control Supervisor
  • Sales Representative
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Manager
  • Research Director
  • Research Engineer
  • Technical Consultant
  • Technical Liaison
  • Technical Manager
  • Web Page Designer

Larry Ahleman, M.A.
Master Faculty Specialist
Western Michigan University
269.276.3505         larry.ahleman@wmich.edu      

The department maintains strong contacts with corporations that offer students part-time and full-time summer employment.

Printing/Imaging firms also host field trips and other class activities on a regular basis

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Last revision date February 16, 2014
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