Printing and Graphic Arts Careers

Printing and graphic arts is one of America's largest industries; ranking first among the 20 major manufacturing groups in establishments, second in total dollar payroll and third in the number of employees. The State of Michigan ranks tenth among the 50 states in the number of employees working in this important industry with over 40,000 employees working in over 1500 establishments totaling sales of over $5.6 Billion.

The printing and graphic arts industry in Michigan needs you!

  1. If you're looking for a career in big business
  2. If you're looking for a career in a small business in or near your hometown
  3. If you're interested in a career that serves the needs of society and gives you the opportunity to blend your talents with new technology

The industry's products, the printed word and graphic arts, help keep us informed and enrich our lives. Because the industry responds to both the needs and advances of society, it uses the latest technology and the most sophisticated tools of communication available. The business of printing is a time-honored profession that has always offered excitement and challenges as its methods advanced. This means continued change and growth for the industry and those who choose to be part of it.

Why join the printing and graphics industry in Michigan?

The printing and graphic arts industry offers numerous choices depending on each person's interests and it offers opportunities for advancement. The good news is you do not have to prepare yourself for one of these positions on your own. Several Michigan universities and community colleges specialize in providing degree programs, education and training in all areas of printing and graphic arts. They are ready to help you every step of the way. Printing Industries of America (PIA) and it's affiliate Printing Industries of Michigan (PIM), as well as the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF), all of which are professional associations serving this industry. All of these organizations are ready to help you with information, services, education and training when you begin and throughout your career.

Prognosis: Steady Growth

Printing and graphic arts is a growth industry. The demand for printed materials is tied to a number of factors having to do with general economic activity, such as disposable income, the formation of new businesses; money budgeted for advertising and funding for schools and libraries. With a robust economy and expanding population, business in printing and graphic arts in Michigan and the rest of the country will continue to be brisk. Does print have a future? Well you don't need a crystal ball to see that print does, indeed, have a future-quite a promising one for that matter.

Experts say that the volume of printed information doubles every five years. That fact alone should convince you that folks in the printing and graphic arts industry are going to have more than enough work to keep them busy. And, don't forget-that translates into plenty of jobs and opportunities for newcomers to the field.

Careers that can carry you into a New Century of Opportunity

The printing and graphic arts industry today is part of our nation's global economy. In Michigan and throughout the country, the industry is looking for future-minded professionals willing and able to adapt to technical change. Opportunities exist in the following areas:

Information sources

Information provides the solid ground that effective career preparation and successful job searches are built on. The good news is that information is plentiful if you know where to look. Start with your phone book and make a list of the printing companies in your area. Next, go to your local or school library and find newspaper and magazine articles that may have been written about these companies and the people who run them. Then, begin to make personal contact to gather more information. Further sources of information and resources include:

Professional Associations

Printing Industries of Michigan, Inc. (PIM)
41740 Six Mile Rd. Suite 105
Northville, MI - 48168-4381
Phone: 248.946.5895
Fax: 248.946.5898

Printing Industries of America PIA
301 Brush Creek Rd.
Warrendale, PA 15086-7509
Phone: 412.741.6860
Fax: 412.741.2311

Michigan Schools

Ferris State University
Graphic Arts Department
915 Campus Dr.
Swan 314
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231.591.2845

Western Michigan University
Department of Paper and Printing Science
Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: 269.276.3500

Andrews University
Administration Building
Berrien Springs, MI 49104
Phone: 616.471.7771

Alpena Community College
666 Johnson St.
Alpena, MI 49707

Gogebic Community College
Jackson and Greenbush St.
Ironwood, MI 49938
Phone: 906.932.4231

Muskegon Community College
221 South Quarterline Rd.
Muskegon, MI 49442
Phone: 616.777.0239

Washtenaw Community College
4800 E. Huron Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Phone: 734.973.3516

Michigan Scholarships

Continuing Education-Training & Career Development

In addition to the university and community college education and training programs, the printing and graphics industry employers provide valuable on-going education, training and career development opportunities for their employees. In-house programs and vendor based programs are supplemented by outstanding programs offered by the Printing Industries of Michigan, Inc. (PIM), Printing Industries of America (PIA) and other industry related associations.

Here are some examples of Printing Industries of Michigan's training and career development programs:

Constellation Energy


2016 PIM Summer Management Conference



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