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Top 5 Jobs for Designers
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If you’re the artsy sort of person that loves to design and draw or paint, or maybe even make graphics and animations, you are probably considering a career in graphic design. However, that’s not the only route you can go, as a matter of fact, there are dozens of jobs out there that are a lot more focused and less ambiguous than just “graphic design.” Here’s a list of the top five jobs for designers.
1. Multimedia Designer
“Multimedia” is exactly what it sounds like. The job requires a lot of imagination and creativity paired with expertise in a wide variety of platforms (including video, audio, graphic design, animation design etc.) to complete different projects and they often make sketches, plans, scale models, or drawings in the process.
According to an article written by Fremont College, “The job of the multimedia designer requires imagination and creativity combined with technical expertise in applying a wide range of software applications.”
The average annual salary for these designers is in the ballpark of $51,215 a year across the U.S. and ranges from $21,00 to $70,500 nationally as found by ZipRecruiter.com.
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2. Web Designer
Web designers, shockingly, design websites. They create the pages, layouts and graphics for sites and set them up to look all nice and pretty— or at least user-friendly. They create the structure of the site with long lines of HTML and CSS code and decide the best placement for content and copy on a page.
The average Web Designer salary in the United States ranges between $64,733 and $86,548, but also depends a lot on education, certifications and how long you’ve been doing it. However, well-trained web designers are generally always in high demand.
3. Logo/Brand Designer
These two can sometimes be lumped together, as they are similar in what they do, but technically, logo designers and brand identity designers are a little different. “A logo is more than just a graphic symbol; it is a brand identity image of a company or product. A logo is a tangible concept that provides a company with a visual image, and that promotes recognition by consumers,” according to the Fremont College, “A brand identity design is the visual element that represents how a company wants to be seen; it is the company’s visual identity or ‘image.’”
So, essentially a logo designer designs a logo for a company, brand, or person, but a brand identity designer encompasses not only the logo but the entire cohesive brand of said company.
or person. These jobs generally earn a range of $56,010 to $60,464 a year.
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4. Creative/ Art Director
Art directors are the leaders of the creative teams that make the artwork for advertisements on television, billboards, the Internet, or in magazines. These teams are usually comprised of graphic designers, artists, photographers and copywriters. It’s the art director’s job to make sure that everyone on the team pulls their weight and completes their set tasks to complete a project.
And while most of their time is dedicated to supervising and administrating, “advanced training in graphic design is still required as art directors often do some of the artwork and designing themselves,” according to Fremont College.
Their yearly salaries vary from $82,098 and $115,601 but also depend on experience and education. Art Director is generally a position of seniority, but most simply work their ways up the creative corporate ladder to get there.
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5. Concept Artist
Have you ever watched a sci-fi or fantasy movie like Avatar or Interstellar and wonder who came up with this stuff? Well, usually it’s the concept artists. Generally they work on big-budget films and even video games where visual and special effects are a heavy concentration, and they also tend to work in teams with other artists.
They brainstorm and turn concepts of the story into illustrations which are used for the creation and inspiration of the film or game, but nothing is set in stone. They are often required to change and alter their work as the production progresses.
Concept artists may also be involved in the development process, producing art and illustrations that help to sell the film/video game to potential financiers, distributors and maybe even advertisements.
A Concept Artist annual salary ranges from $16,500 to $71,500 nationally and these designers typically start out as graphic artists, illustrators or graphic novelists.
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