Job Description – Typesetter

Here’s Source’s job description for a Typesetter role. As a recruitment agency, we are all about helping people find their perfect job. We do this by matching your skills, experience and passion for creativity with the needs of potential clients.  If you are interested in finding a Typesetter job in London or want to hire one for your team, please contact our studio recruitment team. 

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What is the role of a Typesetter?

Typesetters specialise in page layout and text styling for print. They will work on a wide variety of projects including novels, picture books, brochures, catalogues, business stationery, business reports, maps and diagrams. Typesetters will use industry standard applications – QuarkXPress, InDesign and Microsoft Office. Clients include publishing houses, businesses and self-publishers.

Required work experience:

6+ years of relevant work experience

Skills and experience necessary for this role:

A thorough understanding of typography and a keen eye for layouts



Types of company/agency common for this role:

Design Agencies and Production Houses

How many people is a Typesetter likely to manage?


Jobs that could lead to this role:

Studio Junior position in a production agency or a printer.

Jobs that lead from this role:

The next stage for a Typesetter is to progress to an Artworker position. To do this you will need to make sure your Photoshop and Illustrator skills are at an intermediate level.

Training / reading that will help you get this role:

Regardless of the education a person attains when preparing to become a typesetter, there are certain skills and qualities they’ll usually need for this job. First, they usually need good communication skills, as they may have to negotiate with typesetting clients or with printers. They should also be detail oriented and have a talent for making good design and colour choices. Additionally, a person may be well prepared for this job if they have knowledge of fonts, printing presses and publishing practices and processes.


If you are interested in finding a Typesetter job in London or if you want to hire one for your team, please contact our studio recruitment team.