Bindery Worker

Repair and create book by hand.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $46,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Bindery Workers do?

Do you love books? Not just the words, but the feel of the paper between your fingers and the smell of the pages as you flip them. If so, a job as a Bindery Worker might be right up your alley. As a Bindery Worker, you take part in every aspect of creating new books and repairing old ones. You might even work with one-of-a-kind or specially made, rare versions.

The process for a Bindery Worker is the same no matter what type of book you are binding. In addition to books, you might also produce pamphlets, leaflets, or other printed material. Your job is to use a series of automated machines to cut, fold, collate, hole-punch, and bind papers. You evaluate the requested specifications and then adjust the machines accordingly.

For example, you set the paper cutting machine to produce 8×11- or 5×8-inch pages. Once cut, the paper moves to other machines that need similar adjustments. Along the way, you load the equipment with supplies such as paper or glue. Then you monitor the machines to make sure the pages turn out whole, properly sized, and centered. After all, the customer would be very displeased to purchase a book with upside-down print or missing pages. Once complete, you remove the finished product, add a paper jacket (if necessary), wrap, and stack for shipment. Presto! Another completed project.

Should I be a Bindery Worker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Bindery Helper, Bindery Leadperson, Bindery Technician, Hand Bindery Assembly Worker, Offset Printer See More

    How to become a Bindery Worker

    Bindery Workers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Bindery Worker-related education!
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