Career outlook for printing administrator

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Average UK salary


Currently employed in Scotland


Average UK salary


Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would plan print jobs, negotiate with suppliers for materials, provide quotes for customers and work in sales.

You would play an important part in one of the country’s largest areas of manufacturing.

There are various areas you could be involved in, such as planning, estimating, buying, sales and overall management.

Depending on your role, you would:

  • Supervise print orders through all stages of production
  • Plan the most efficient way to use machinery and staff
  • Solve problems in the production process
  • Help put together quotations for jobs
  • Negotiate with suppliers and manage stock
  • Look after new and existing clients

If you manage a print workshop or department, you would organise workloads, supervise staff and plan schedules. You would also meet with customers and make sure print runs are good value, on time and high quality.

You’d need an understanding of printing technology and a willingness to keep up to date with new developments.

Working conditions


In buying or sales you would work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. In production control you might work shifts, including nights.


You could work anywhere from a small print workshop to a large automated factory production area. You may sometimes have to travel to meet clients or suppliers.


You may sometimes have to travel to meetings.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Taking responsibility
  • Negotiating
  • Time management
  • Developing a plan
  • Attention to detail
  • Working with technology
  • Verbal communication
  • Working with numbers
  • Problem solving

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Foundation Apprenticeships

Choosing a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 and S6 can help you get a head start with this type of job.

You'll get an SCQF level 6 qualification (the same level as a Higher) plus valuable work placement experience and skills you can't learn in a classroom.

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 You would need qualifications at SCQF levels 4 to 6 and relevant work-based experience.  

Useful subjects

  • Maths
  • English
  • Administration and IT 
  • Graphic communication
  • Practical technologies
  • ICT-related subjects

You will also need

  • Good eyesight
  • Normal colour vision

Helpful to have

Many print administrators come from other areas of printing and may have relevant work-based experience and qualifications such as Scottish Vocational Qualification in Machine Printing (SVQ level 2/3).

Administrative and customer service experience and qualifications such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Business Administration (SVQ level 2/3) may be helpful when applying or achieved once in the job.