Career In Printing Technology

Do you like the idea to build your career based around the new printing technologies?….. then this article is a must read for you, here we are providing you the step by step guidance to make career in this field.

What is Printing Technology?

“Printing Technology means the wide range of technologies which are required to run printing & graphic communication jobs”.

Printing is a process to produce a picture or text by applying different methods like inked type, blocks, plates, etc. The first movable type printing was developed by Bi Sheng in China.

Printing Technology is one of the field in engineering courses which deals with printing press operations, design and creation. At present, printing technology is non-impact and mostly makes use of computers.

Printing Technology is the combination of various skills such as scientific, technical & artistic.

The printing industry is the fast growing industry in India. It is used in various industrial process. Basically it means producing a replica of an image or a text via mediums such as a printing press or inks. Printing is usually done on a large scale basis.

It is a part of the mass communication process which involves various skills such as technical skills holds prime importance.

Print Technology was invented in the 14th century by Johannes Gutenberg of Europe. He is popularly known as the father of printing.


Courses & Eligibility

If you are seeking to pursue courses in the field of printing technology, then you have plenty of options to choose from. There are many diploma, bachelor, master and doctoral courses available in this field. Some most sought courses are listed here:

Diploma Courses:

Diploma in Printing Technology: It is a three-year duration’s course. Students can apply for this course after passing 10th with Mathematics & Technology Science.

Bachelor Courses:

B.Tech/B.E. in Printing Technology: Duration of this course is total four years. Candidates can get admission in this course after 12th with physics and mathematics as compulsory subjects.

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Master Courses:

M.Tech/M.E. in Printing Technology: It is a master course with the duration of two years. To apply this course, students must have passed B.Tech or BE in the related field.

Doctoral Courses:

PhD. in Printing Technology: To get admission in PhD courses, students should hold a master degree in the related field. This course is offered in both full-time and part-time duration.

Other Certificate Courses:

The duration of certificate course is one year.

Some other certificate courses are:

  • Certificate in Printing Technology
  • Certificate in Pre-Press Operations
  • Certificate in Press Operations
  • Certificate Course in Offset Press Work
  • Certificate in Paper and Printing Technology

Subjects of Printing Technology

  • Theory of Printing Machine
  • Printing Process
  • Typography & Typesetting
  • Electrical Systems in Printing Machines
  • Quality Management
  • Electrical & Electronics
  • Security Printing

Also Check: Courses After 12th


How to get admission in these programmes?

To get admission in bachelor courses (BE/B.Tech), candidates may appear in JEE Main 2024 or any other state level engineering entrance examination. Admission will be done on the basis of rank secured by the candidates in the exam.

Admission in master courses will be done on the basis of merit list prepared according to the rank secured by the candidates in the GATE 2024 or any other state level exam.

Some engineering entrance exams are listed here:

Colleges or universities offer courses in the field of printing technology are:

  • Anna University, College of Engineering Guindy, Chennai
  • Jadavpur University, Faculty Of Engineering and Technology, Kolkata
  • Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal
  • JNTU College Of Engineering, Hyderabad
  • Calicut University : Institute of Engineering and Technology, Malappuram
  • Institute of Printing Technology, Kerala

Career & Jobs

“With holding a degree in printing technology, you can expect lots of career opportunities in India as well as abroad.”

Printing Industry is one of the fastest growing industries of the country. Career opportunities are rising rapidly in this field. This field offers promising opportunities to the deserving one, but a lot of hard work and patience are also required.

Printing Technology has definite scope in today’s media-driven world. Printing Jobs are not restricted to the press industry.

After pursuing courses in this field, you can get jobs in magazines, newspapers and advertising agencies, government and private publication houses and teaching jobs in various colleges and universities.

You can work in private sectors, some government-run publishing houses approach printing technology graduates.

As a fresher, you work as an editor, sub-editor, assistant sub-editor, associate editor or assistant editor in the publication division.

You can also work as a production in-charge.

Job Profiles:

  • Printing Supervisor
  • Professor
  • Printing Trainee Engineer
  • Screen Room Printing Engineer
  • Printing Officer
  • Marketing Manager
  • Printing Technologists
  • Quality Assurance Engineers

Job Areas:

  • Publishing Companies / houses
  • News Papers Production
  • Digital Printing
  • Electronic Printing
  • Security Printing
  • Textile Industry
  • Automobile
  • Advertising Companies
  • Magazines
  • Polymer technology relating companies

Some Recruiters are:

  • Indian Express
  • Bennet and Coleman
  • Shreeji printers
  • Anandabazar Publications
  • The Times of India
  • Multi Flex Lami Print
  • Printing Machine Manufacturers in India
  • Publication Division of India
  • Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India
  • State Textbook Corporations
  • Directorate of Printing and Stationery
  • Sahitya Academy
  • National Book Trust
  • National Council of Educational Research

Apart from all these, you can also work as a teacher in various institutions. Teaching is a very promising career option. You have to pass the CSIR National Eligibility Test (NET).


“In terms of Salary, this field offers handsome packages to the deserving candidates.”

In India, a degree holder in printing technology can earn the starting salary between Rs.2 to 3 lacs per year. If you hold a higher position you will earn higher salary packages.

In the United States, the average salary of a Printer Technician is around $50k per year. Candidates who have higher degrees and sufficient experience in this field can earn the handsome salary.

Books & Study Materials

Some best books to study printing technology are listed here:

The Complete Book on Printing Technology by NIIR Board

Hand book of printing technology (offset, screen, flexo, gravure, inkjet & digital) by EIRI Books

Printing Technology (Design Concepts) by J. Michael Adams

Handbook on Printing Technology by NIIR Board

Printing Inks by NIIR Board

For any further queries related to Career In Printing Technology, you can ask us by commenting below.


  1. I have HND in printing Technology, I want continue with PGD and Master Degree,in the same course or relative course, please which school do I apply

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