Binding and finishing machine operators are employed by:
- trade binderies
- commercial printing companies
- large organizations that have in-house printing, binding and finishing departments
- publishing companies.
Many binderies have a small core staff and hire extra staff on a temporary basis when needed to meet contract deadlines.
Newly hired machine operators usually are trained on simpler or lighter equipment. As they gain experience, they are trained on more complex equipment. Machine operators who have experience running a variety of machines may become supervisors.
In Alberta, 94% of people employed as binding and finishing machine operators work in the Manufacturing (PDF) industry.
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment in the Manufacturing industry (for example, the growth of electronic information distribution is expected to have a negative effect on binderies)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.