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The publishing industry produces a variety of publications, including magazines, books, newspapers, and directories. It also produces greeting cards, databases, calendars, and other published material, excluding software. Although mostly producing printed materials, the publishing industry is increasingly producing its material in other formats, such as audio or video discs (e.g., CD-ROM), or other electronic media.

Hours: Working nights, weekends, and holidays is common, especially for those working on newspapers.

Opportunities: Publishing office, newspapers, digital media

Pay: Average weekly earnings for workers in the publishing industry varied by type of publication. In 2006, average weekly earnings were $759 in periodical publishing, $674 in book publishing, and $598 in newspaper publishing, compared with $568 for all private sector industries.

Training: 4 year degree

Citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Career Guide to Industries, 2008-09 Edition , Publishing, Except Software, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg/cgs013.htm (visited July 22, 2009 ).

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