Broadly speaking an artworker is the person who will take a design, tidy it up and get it ready for printing – they are not graphic designers. It is seen by some as quite a traditional role in the sense that modern DTP programs seemingly eliminate the need for the artworker role, however many design studios still prefer to employ people in this role, and perhaps with good reason.
Despite modern design programs being feature rich, many print houses despair that most graphic design graduates leave university unable to prepare a document ready for printing. Custom design work can be expensive and it can be tempting for businesses to contemplate producing their own design work or re-using existing templates already produced by professional graphic designers. However, achieving a professional finish in printed media does require the services of an artworker.