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Jan

Infographic: Which graphic design career suits you?

Are you looking to join the design industry and turn your big ideas into bigger creative? If you’re looking to start a graphic design career, you need to figure out which speciality suits you best.

There are very few fields as diverse as graphic design, an industry in which no single role is clear cut; jobs often overlap with a graphic design career—even with work that isn’t design related. You can use your skill set for advertising, product packaging, even animation and website design. And while the ability to solve problems and communicate effectively will come in handy, creativity is a must.

You usually find your start with a degree in design or after getting some internship experience. But that isn’t always the case with a graphic design career. Regardless, as a graphic designer your work will involve discussing projects with the clients, creating concepts, revising your ideas based on client feedback and then finalizing your designs. You’ll also need working knowledge of standard desktop design software from Adobe.

If you’re still interested in pursuing your graphic design career, ZillionDesigns has created the following infographic. It lists down the requirements and estimated annual salary you might make for the various graphic design career options; from entry-level positions such as logo and print designers, to managerial positions like the art/creative director.

Infographic: Which graphic design career suits you?

Which graphic design career suits you?

Print Designer

  • Entry level
  • Experience is not required
  • Basic design software knowledge
  • $36,000 average salary

Animator

  • Entry level
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience varies
  • $64,000 average salary

Mid-level Print Designer

  • Intermediate to mid-level
  • Bachelor’s in Design
  • 2-5 years experience
  • $37,000 to $69,000 annually

Senior-level Print Designer

  • Senior level
  • Bachelor’s in Design and/or Marketing
  • 5+ years experience
  • $63,000 to $86,000 annually

Commercial Artist

  • Entry level
  • Strong portfolio required
  • 2+ years experience
  • $39,000 to $75,000 annually

Logo Designer

  • Entry level
  • Degree in Design and a strong portfolio
  • Experience varies
  • $52,000 average salary

Packaging Designer

  • Intermediate to mid-level
  • Bachelor’s in Design and/or Marketing
  • 2+ years experience
  • $57,000 to $86,000 annually

Print Marketing Designer

  • Entry level
  • Bachelor’s in Design and/or Marketing
  • 1+ year experience
  • $36,000 to $55,000 annually

Print Publication Designer

  • Intermediate to mid-level
  • Bachelor’s in Design and/or Marketing
  • 2+ years experience
  • $57,000 to $86,000 annually

Art Director/Creative Director

  • Managerial
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Design
  • 6+ years experience
  • $62,000 to $117,000 annually

So what design career suites your?


Source: http://visual.ly/which-graphic-design-career-suits-you

Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.

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