What is a Typesetter?

A Typesetter is a kind of typist.  A Typesetter ‘sets’ type for newspapers and other publications, like books, magazines etc using computerised systems.

Depending on the nature of the business, typesetting can be routine (example at a newspaper), or the work can be more varied and exciting if done in a design or advertising agency. 

In a lot of cases, typesetting is done by the graphic designer themselves.

What does a Typesetter do?

  • sets text supplied to them by editorial staff
  • corrects mistakes after proofing
  • puts approved setting into layouts
  • sends approved layouts to printing department

Are you … ?

  • an excellent, quick typist?
  • sensitive to type and fonts?
  • efficient?
  • reliable?
  • a perfectionist
  • good at reading and writing?
  • able to sit at a computer for long periods at time?

How do I become a Typesetter?

Even if you cannot type, one can learn to type!  The more you practice, the quicker and more efficient you will become.

You can start your typing career by taking typing as a subject at school. 

If you would like to type and get into the design agency world, we would recommend that you study graphic design.  Your career prospects will be a whole lot more lucrative (money making).


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scamsmake sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Typist, Receptionist … or … Medical Transcriptionist

Is becoming a Typesetter the right career choice for me?