According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median age in the print industry as of 2017 sits at 47.3 years old (about double my current age). With this in mind, a large portion of the industry’s seasoned workers are beginning to consider retirement over the next few years. Sadly, many of these individuals don’t have the luxury to pass the torch on to a young, bright millennial to continue their business. This may be because the printing industry isn’t something millennials are normally interested in, or possibly the fact that many don’t know much about the industry and are quick to make assumptions. As a 23 year old who has been involved in this industry for about two years now, I’m here to help close the gap.
Assumption 1: Print Is Dead.
Spending a majority of my life thus far sitting behind a desk in a school setting, there is something I noticed that I’m sure many others my age have noticed, too. As the years went by, the stack of paper on my desk got smaller and smaller, as my smart phone and laptop got smarter and smarter. People of all ages (not just millennials) are assuming that print is dead due to all of the new highly advanced technological innovations popping up around us.