David A. Clark,is president of Sprout/Standish, Inc. and chairman of HireSkills.com.
David hasbeen placing printing professionals into the graphic arts industry for 25years.
offered an interesting historical perspective on hiring andemployment activity in the prepress area.
ÒDuring thefirst 15 years, more than 50 percent of my placement activity was involved inthe prepress area - dot etchers, strippers, Scitex/ scanner operators andsales searches (to feed the need for volume that the large separators had).
hese were very large, stand-alone businesses, some with several hundredemployees and multiple plants,Ó he
ÒWith the adventof very powerful Mac based systems, the million dollar prepress soft/hardwaresystems were rendered extinct and the shift towards the customers doing much oftheir own work began.
During the next 10 years, the number of candidatesoutpaced the demand and any new jobs created in that area.
Many of theseworkers were faced with either "retooling" their job skills orleaving the industry for other opportunities.
Sad, but true,Ó Clark