TheArtCareerProject.com http://www.theartcareerproject.com The Art Career Project Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:06:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Enhance the Digital World as a UI/UX Artist http://www.theartcareerproject.com/ui-ux-artist/11614/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/ui-ux-artist/11614/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:52:15 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11614 What is a UI/UX Artist? Within game development, website development, app development and many other types of development, there are artists who work with the user interface (UI) as well as the user experience (UX), since both need to be top-notch. The user interface is the end-user side of the video game or other application; […]

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What is a UI/UX Artist?

Within game development, website development, app development and many other types of development, there are artists who work with the user interface (UI) as well as the user experience (UX), since both need to be top-notch. The user interface is the end-user side of the video game or other application; the platform the player or user works within. The user interface needs to work smoothly, efficiently, be visually attractive and easy to use. The user experience is all about what the player gets out of the application; their satisfaction, and the pleasure derived from utilizing a particular application.

Within some small studios, the UI and UX duties will fall to the same artist, although many artists will specialize in one or the other, since the job description is slightly different. Those working with the user experience aspect often work with the foundation – building the various working aspects of an application and making sure things work smoothly, using the logical sequence to progress from one area of the application to another and more. The artists working with the user interface tend to take that foundation created by the UX artists and make it look fantastic. Both types of artists need a strong background in animation and design, as well as multimedia art.

Work Environment

Artists working with the user interface and the user experience will spend a great amount of their time on computers and computer-aided design software. This means that most of their time will be spent in an office or studio, where they have access to their tools as they work from concept to completion. They will often meet with the heads of other departments to ensure that the overall vision for a game or application is uniform. The Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies UI and UX artists as multimedia artists and animators, and states that just over half of these professionals were self employed in 2012.

Many artists experience success and happiness in a freelancing career, where they lend their talents to clients as needed. However, with that flexible schedule and freedom comes the worry of non-steady work. Those interested in pursing this career will be happy to know that many industries hire these professionals full-time, with the motion picture and video industry being the top employer of UI and UX artists – this industry employs 10% of them, in fact.

Education Requirements

A great deal of technical knowledge and skill is required for this career, so the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that individuals earn at least a bachelor’s degree in art, multimedia art, animation, game development or a very closely related career. Those who continue and earn even higher degrees may have more prospects and opportunities, as their portfolio will be more impressive to potential employers.

Salary

The BLS reports that multimedia artists and animators earned an annual median salary of $61,370 – which is a comparatively attractive salary. The amount of experience and education a person has may increase their salary; the top 10% of earners brought home more than $113,000. States and cities that are known video game creation centers will hold more opportunities for these individuals, so there is a lot more earning potential. The states that pay the most for UI and UX artists are California, New York, Washington, Texas and Illinois.

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job growth rate for multimedia artists and animators is slow (6% through the year 2022). It’s important to realize that this particular category envelopes a variety of artistic careers, so the true growth for UI and UX artists is kind of difficult to discern. One thing is for sure – the growth of the video game industry in the US is massive, and as the demand for these products continues to grow, so too will the demand for the professionals who help create them. States with the highest employment levels for multimedia artists and animators are: California, Washington, District of Columbia, New York and New Mexico.

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Help People Travel in Style as a Transportation Designer! http://www.theartcareerproject.com/transportation-designer-careers/11591/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/transportation-designer-careers/11591/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 03:56:15 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11591 What is a Transportation Designer? Transportation Designers are commercial and industrial designers who have specialized, and who create designs for vehicles and transportation related products. Many of these individuals specialize further, especially when working for a particular company or organization, and focus on small niche areas. This might include automotive concept design, public transportation, aircraft […]

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What is a Transportation Designer?

Transportation Designers are commercial and industrial designers who have specialized, and who create designs for vehicles and transportation related products. Many of these individuals specialize further, especially when working for a particular company or organization, and focus on small niche areas. This might include automotive concept design, public transportation, aircraft interiors or something else. These professionals must have a strong background in design, as well as significant knowledge of the computer software and computer-aided design programs used to create designs.

In addition to the final design, these professionals will often create rough sketches and communicate frequently with clients and colleagues to ensure that the end design realizes the vision that the client has of the product.

Work Environment

On any given day, you might find a transportation designer in an office where he or she has access to computers and computer-aided design programs or software. However, they may also be found in meeting rooms, brainstorming the design with colleagues or discussing the desires of the client. Most transportation designers work for large companies or organizations; the manufacturing industry is responsible for 30% of the transportation design jobs, and it’s the largest employer of these professionals, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is followed by specialized design services, which is responsible for 10% of jobs, wholesale trade (9%), and architectural and related services (7%).

Education Requirements

The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that individuals interested in pursing a career as a transportation designer earn at least a bachelor’s degree in industrial design, architecture or engineering. Those who want higher level jobs in transportation design, such as supervisor or director positions, may want to pursue a master’s degree in these fields. During schooling, future transportation designers will have the ability to start creating a portfolio of their work, which will be instrumental in finding them the perfect position after graduation.

Salary

In addition to being on the forefront of cutting edge designs, this particular career offers up a salary that is nothing to frown at. The BLS reports that the annual median salary for industrial designers was $59,610 in 2012. However, this is certainly not the most this kind of professional can make. The top 10% of earners in 2012 brought home more than $94,000. Professionals in this field are more likely to find higher paying jobs in the following states: Missouri ($72,790 annual median salary), South Carolina ($72,090), New York ($71,130), Michigan ($70,980) and Massachusetts ($70,940).

Job Outlook

Although industrial design jobs are only expected to grow 4% through the year 2022, the actual job growth rate for transportation designers may be more. The BLS reports that designers with knowledge of computer-aided design programs and software will be more likely to find an excellent job than those without that knowledge. The states with the most transportation design jobs are Michigan, California, New York, Ohio and Texas.

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Make a Script Come to Life as a Storyboard Artist http://www.theartcareerproject.com/storyboard-artist-careers/11556/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/storyboard-artist-careers/11556/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 19:45:00 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11556 What is a Storyboard Artist? A storyboard artist works very closely with the director and other professionals involved in advertising and filmmaking, to create an illustrated version of the finished product. Typically, the storyboard artist will use the script to create pictures of each scene that will need to be filmed, and will include the […]

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What is a Storyboard Artist?

A storyboard artist works very closely with the director and other professionals involved in advertising and filmmaking, to create an illustrated version of the finished product. Typically, the storyboard artist will use the script to create pictures of each scene that will need to be filmed, and will include the types of camera angles that are best to capture each scene. The finished product will look a lot like a comic strip or comic book; a visual representation of what the finished film will look like.

Storyboard artists need a strong background in illustration, and filmmaking courses can strengthen the portfolio and resume – making the professional more appealing in the eyes of potential employers.

Work Environment

Most storyboard artists are freelance artists, and work from the comfort of their own home, or in their client’s studios. These professionals are typically hired with very short deadlines and will often work long hours each day (and possibly overnight) to ensure that the product is complete before it’s needed by the director. There are some studios that hire full-time storyboard artists if they find themselves in need of a quality artist on a regular basis.

Education Requirements

Formal education may not be mandated, however, those who want security in knowing that they will have plenty of job prospects and opportunities should earn a bachelor’s degree in illustration, graphic arts, or a similar field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests attending at least a program that will lead to an art-related certificate. Those who have a formal education to add to their resume are much more likely to find a position, and typically earn a higher salary as well.

Salary

Storyboard artists fall under the category of “craft and fine artists” through the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These individuals earned an annual median salary of $44,380 in 2012, but the top 10% of earners cleared more than $93,000. Several things will affect a storyboard artist’s salary, including their education and experience, as well as where they live. Certain areas offer up more opportunities for these professionals. The top paying states for storyboard artists are Washington, New York, California, Connecticut, and Michigan.

Job Outlook

While the growth rate for craft and fine artists is only 3% through 2022, the constant and growing demand for high quality television shows and films suggest that the growth rate for storyboard artist jobs is much higher. The BLS suggests learning computer-related illustration programs and software, as demand for professionals proficient in those programs will be in more demand.

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Tired of Boring Photos? Career as a Portrait Artist! http://www.theartcareerproject.com/portrait-artist/11521/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/portrait-artist/11521/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 20:44:28 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11521 What is a portrait artist? A portrait artist creates likenesses of individuals using one or more mediums. This might include pencil, ink, paint, pastels, or another type of medium. Portrait artists may accept commissions to create likenesses of individuals, including famous people and celebrities. This type of artist requires a massive amount of raw talent […]

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What is a portrait artist?

A portrait artist creates likenesses of individuals using one or more mediums. This might include pencil, ink, paint, pastels, or another type of medium. Portrait artists may accept commissions to create likenesses of individuals, including famous people and celebrities. This type of artist requires a massive amount of raw talent but also the education that hones the talent and provides him or her with an arsenal of techniques and skills.

Portrait artists need a strong background in art, and in order to be well-rounded, need experience with various types of mediums. Although many artists eventually settle on a medium they love most, having experience and skills with other mediums can improve their job prospects.

Work Environment

Portrait artists may work in a huge variety of environments. Half of craft and fine artists are self-employed and work from home, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 51,400 of these professionals were employed in the year 2012. Working from home, a portrait artist may spend most of his or her time in a home office, a studio, or in places where they feel most comfortable. Some will work directly with the public, such as the street artists who work on Jackson Square in New Orleans. Others will work in the space their employer provides. If working from home is a little too risky for you, there are plenty of industries that employ portrait artists full-time, including the motion picture and video industry, miscellaneous store retailers, the publishing industry and specialized design services.

Education Requirements

There is no formal school requirement for portrait artists, because the talent an individual has can speak for itself. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recommends that artists earn at least an associate or bachelor’s degree in fine art. Not only can this make an individual a better artist, but it can definitely improve the job prospects and opportunities. An artist with an impressive resume and background will almost always be considered over an artist who has no formal schooling.

Salary

The salary of a portrait artist is similar to that of most other artists – it can vary wildly, depending upon numerous variables. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has collected data showing the median annual salary for craft and fine artists in 2012: $44,380. However, the bottom earners brought home less than $19,200 and the top 10% brought home more than $93,000. Portrait artists whose careers take off and whose art is highly sought after could make significantly more than this. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the states with the highest pay for portrait artists are: Washington ($70,580), New York ($69,380), California ($62,160), Connecticut ($59,720) and Michigan ($54,710).

Job Outlook

Although this is an exciting and fun career, the job growth rate for craft and fine artists is significantly lower than that of all other careers – 3% through the year 2022. Many things affect the growth rate, including the economy at any given time, and the location of the artist. To increase their prospects, portrait artists can take computer art courses and digital media courses, as artists who work with computers are always in demand. The states with the highest levels of employment of portrait artists are: California, New York, Florida, Washington and Texas.

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Flee the Background Noise as a Sound Effects Editor http://www.theartcareerproject.com/sound-effects-editor/11493/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/sound-effects-editor/11493/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 19:25:59 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11493 What is a Sound Effects Editor? Whereas a sound designer often creates the sounds needed in films and videos, a sound effects editor ensures that the sounds are interjected at exactly the right time. This professional will work on a film, video, video game or other project during production as well as post-production, enhancing sound […]

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What is a Sound Effects Editor?

Whereas a sound designer often creates the sounds needed in films and videos, a sound effects editor ensures that the sounds are interjected at exactly the right time. This professional will work on a film, video, video game or other project during production as well as post-production, enhancing sound effects or changing them. They must work closely with the other professionals involved to ensure that the overall project realizes the initial vision and plans. The most important knowledge a sound effects editor will possess is on the technological side – mainly concerning the computer-based programs and software used to edit sound.

A background in multimedia design is a great start, as well as one in sound engineering. Those who have additional experience in film and video may have increased job prospects and opportunities.

Work Environment

A sound effects editor works in a studio or office space where they have access to computers and computer-based editing equipment. Sound effects editors may work in an agency or organization where they often meet with other film and video professionals in order to make sure the final project is on target and fits with the original concept plans. Hours may be long, especially when a deadline is looming, so sound effects editors might expect to work more than 40 hours per week. Although there is no official category through the Bureau of Labor Statistics for “sound effects editors,” the BLS considers these professionals “sound engineering technicians.” Data shows that the top 5 employers for these professionals are: the motion picture and video industry, the sound recording industry, radio and television broadcasting, performing arts companies, and independent artists, writers and performers.

Education Requirements

There may not be any formal required training for this career, however, those who obtain an associate’s or bachelor’s degree will have a wider range of job prospects because their resume will be more appealing to potential employers. There is also a large amount of technical information and skills required for this job, as well as proficiency in the software programs utilized to successfully perform this job. It can be difficult to obtain this knowledge and these skills without formal education.

Salary

The BLS reports that sound engineering technicians earned an annual median salary of $41,200 in 2012. Film editors earned an annual median salary of $46,280 per year. The salary for a sound effects editor will fall somewhere between these two salaries. However, this is just the middle line. The top 10% of film editors earned more than $119,000 in 2012, so it’s easy to see that a significantly higher income potential is there for sound effects editors. Many things will contribute to the overall salary, including the sound effects editor’s location. The top paying states for this career are: California ($92,940), New York ($78,430), District of Columbia ($74,400), Virginia ($66,140), and New Jersey ($66,120).

Job Outlook

The job growth rate for film editors is 3% through the year 2022, while the growth rate for sound engineers is 9% through 2022. The actual job growth rate for sound effects editors may be significantly higher than this, because as more and more movies, video games, television shows and advertising videos are created, these professionals are needed to create the perfect sound. However, no actual data is available through the BLS. Future sound effects editors can be sure that if they have the proper training and are willing to do their due diligence, they will have a variety of great job opportunities and prospects.

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Multimedia Design: Taking the Shape of Multiple Media Forms http://www.theartcareerproject.com/multimedia-design-careers/11475/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/multimedia-design-careers/11475/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:14:57 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11475 What is a Multimedia Designer? Multimedia is exactly what it sounds like – a combination of two or three different content forms to make a more compelling or exciting final product. Multimedia can include a combination of text, audio, images, animation, or video, and the process of combining these content forms is not easy. It […]

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What is a Multimedia Designer?

Multimedia is exactly what it sounds like – a combination of two or three different content forms to make a more compelling or exciting final product. Multimedia can include a combination of text, audio, images, animation, or video, and the process of combining these content forms is not easy. It takes legitimate skill and knowledge to craft a compelling multimedia product, which is where multimedia designers come in. Multimedia designers are artists charged with integrating multiple forms of media in such a way that the final product can be compelling and exciting. These designers combine a deep understanding of design and design principles with the technical savvy and expertise that is needed to use computer software, design programs, or video equipment to make fascinating works of art to be used in advertising, journalism, video games, entertainment and many more fields.

As multimedia and digital media have become more popular fields, the onus on multimedia designers to get even more creative and skilled has increased as well. Most multimedia designers aren’t just good at putting pictures and sounds together, and they aren’t just excellent at combining video with some form of text or animation. In the current industry environment, multimedia designers need to be well-rounded, and thus, need to be well-versed in all aspects of multimedia design. A designer who specializes in audiovisuals can be valuable, but with so many multimedia designers who are great at audiovisuals and are also great at combining animation with text or pictures, it can be hard for a specialty designer to look good in comparison.

It is important for aspiring multimedia designers not to focus on the creative or technical side of industry alone. Good multimedia designers have a strong background in design and also have the technical know-how and expertise that helps turn the design ideas and outlines into actual, tangible finished products. Aspiring multimedia designers would be wise to start with understanding basic design principles, then building technical expertise with video editing tools or computer-aided design software once they have a strong foundation in design.

Work Environment

One of the nicest parts about multimedia design is that, because it has become such a crucial part of so many different industries, multimedia designers have a fair amount of leverage over where they work and what kind of projects they work on. In fact, in 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that 57 percent of multimedia artists and animators were self-employed, while also explaining that most of those designers worked from the comforts of their home. Freelancing is common in all forms of design but is clearly especially common in multimedia design where talent and ability is valued above all, and many companies are more willing to contract out multimedia design work rather than train an internal employee to work with multimedia design.

Freelancing is fun, flexible and liberating, but it can also be risky since it doesn’t offer steady employment or steady paychecks. Fortunately, for multimedia designers looking to remove some of that stress from their livelihood, there are a number of industries that employ full-time multimedia designers. As of 2012, the motion picture and video industries employed 13 percent of the estimated multimedia design workforce, and that makes plenty of sense since the largest need for multimedia exists in those industries. After motion pictures, the computer systems design industry, the software publishing industry, and the advertising industry are the next three largest employers of multimedia designers, and they employ six percent, five percent, and four percent multimedia designers respectively.

Education Requirements

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those interested in multimedia design careers should get a bachelor’s degree first because the combination of design and technical knowledge is almost impossible to come by otherwise. Multimedia artists typically earn a degree in subjects like fine art, computer graphics, animation, or design. But as the demand for talented multimedia designers has grown, so has the number of institutions offering specialized degree programs in multimedia design or game design. Both specialized programs, and more general art and design degrees, offer excellent opportunities to build a portfolio that will impress employers and both degree paths open similar doors and offer similar career paths, so interested students would be smart to do extensive research on the programs offered at different institutions before picking the program to earn their degree.

Salary

As if the excitement of working with video, audio and animation wasn’t enough, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data from May of 2012, multimedia designers also happen to be extremely well compensated for their abilities and expertise. There were slightly less than 70,000 professional multimedia designers employed, and as of May 2012 they earned an annual mean wage of $69,560, which is quite a nice salary for any industry and is well above employees working in other arts and design occupations. While most industries such as advertising, computer systems design, and software publishers pay multimedia designers an annual average wage close to the general average; the motion pictures industry offers an average annual wage of nearly $85,000, and it also employed nearly 10,000 multimedia designers in May of 2012, more than double any other industry. This isn’t to advocate one industry over another, since it is difficult to go wrong as long as you have the talent and strong educational foundation, but if money is what is important to you, the motion pictures industry may be your best bet.

Job Outlook

As of May of 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that there were 68,900 professional multimedia designers and animators employed across the country. They also estimated that the profession would grow slower than most professions from 2012-2022, as the national average for employment growth across all industries was 11 percent, and the expected employment growth of multimedia designers is just six percent. The number of professional industrial designers is expected to swell to 73,200 by 2022 which is an increase of just 4,300 industrial designers from 2012 to 2022.

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Amp Up Movie Experiences as a Sound Designer http://www.theartcareerproject.com/sound-designer/11431/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/sound-designer/11431/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:52:30 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11431 What is a Sound Designer? A sound designer works with the sounds of a film, movie, video or other project to ensure that the end user receives a rich sensory experience, and that the sound matches the overall vision for the project. While music is a large portion of what a sound designer works with, […]

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A sound designer works with the sounds of a film, movie, video or other project to ensure that the end user receives a rich sensory experience, and that the sound matches the overall vision for the project. While music is a large portion of what a sound designer works with, they may also create and add other sound effects, such as the sound of thunder on a rainy day, or the sound of creepy footsteps in a horror scene. This professional helps give the end user a more realistic and engrossing experience, adding to the quality of the project.

A sound designer should be knowledgeable and proficient in the software and tools used in sound design. He or she should also have sensitivity to the sounds that are naturally occurring within a variety of environments and areas.

Work Environment

Like others who work on films and videos, a sound designer must have access to computers and computer-aided sound effects software. This typically means that the majority of their time will be spent in a studio or office, though they may need to often meet with other department heads to ensure that the overall vision for the project is being realized. They are employed in a variety of industries including the motion picture and video industry, which is one of the top employers of sound designers.

Education Requirements

Because there is no category for sound designers through the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these professionals are lumped in with broadcast and sound engineering technicians. The BLS states that no formal education is required in order to become a broadcast and sound engineering technician, but most employers will want to see some level of formal education before hiring a sound designer. A bachelor’s degree in film or multimedia art and animation is recommended for those who want to have great job prospects and opportunities.

Salary

The annual median salary for a sound designer will fall somewhere between that of a multimedia artist and a sound engineering technician – or between $41,200 and $61,370. However, this is simply the middle line; multimedia artists in the top 10% earned more than $113,000 in 2012. Many things will affect the salary of a sound designer, including the professional’s location, their education and amount of experience they have and more. The states with the highest level of employment for this field are California, New York, Florida, Georgia and Texas.

Job Outlook

Again, the statistics for this career will fall between a multimedia artist and sound engineering technician – or between a 6% and 9% job growth rate through the year 2022. As the motion picture and video industries and the marketing and advertising industries grow, the demand for quality sound designers will also grow. They are an essential part of creating a high-quality video or game, and job prospects and opportunities are fair.

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Make Ideas Come to Life as a Product Designer http://www.theartcareerproject.com/product-designer/11417/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/product-designer/11417/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:00:22 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11417 What is a Product Designer? A product designer is someone who designs the look of different types of products, from mobile devices to vehicles. Typically, these individuals receive a host of information about a new product, including its use, target market, and functionality, and they create mock-ups of what the actual product will look like. […]

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A product designer is someone who designs the look of different types of products, from mobile devices to vehicles. Typically, these individuals receive a host of information about a new product, including its use, target market, and functionality, and they create mock-ups of what the actual product will look like. They also have to work with the ease of use for the product, so it’s not all about the aesthetics. Although many product designers work with a variety of different items, most will specialize in one particular item, especially if they work for a company that specializes in that item. Part of their job in working with the same item is to make improvements and increase the functionality and efficiency of the product.

Work Environment

A product designer might have an office where they have access to computers and software programs that help them design. They may also have areas where they can access drafting tables or having meetings with colleagues in order to brainstorm a product’s final look. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 39,200 industrial designer jobs in 2012, and about 25% of these individuals were self-employed. Although being self-employed has a slew of benefits, such as being able to create your own schedule, many professionals don’t want the risk that comes along with this lifestyle. Those people will be glad to know that product designers are employed in nearly every industry. Manufacturing is the largest employer of product designers, and is responsible for 30% of product design jobs. This industry is followed by specialized design services, wholesale trade and architectural and engineering services.

Education Requirements

In order to obtain an entry-level position at most organizations and businesses as a product designer, individuals will need at least a bachelor’s degree. The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that future product designers take sketching, computer-aided design and drafting, manufacturing methods and industrial design courses to help make their resume more dynamic and appealing to potential employers. These courses also create a well-rounded product designer who has the technical skills and knowledge needed to excel at this particular career.

Salary

Along with the excitement of creating new products of all kinds, a product designer also receives an excellent salary. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the annual median salary of product designers in 2012 was $59,610. However, the top 10% of earners brought home more than $94,000. Things such as education, experience and location can all affect a product designer’s salary. The states with the highest wages for product designers (by annual median salary) are: Missouri ($72,790), South Carolina ($72,090), New York ($71,130), Michigan ($70,980) and Massachusetts ($70,940).

Job Outlook

The overall job growth rate for product designers is about 4%, through the year 2022. However, individuals who specialize in industries with rapid growth will see a higher growth rate and more job opportunities and prospects. In order to improve those opportunities, individuals can take courses in computer aided design and computer aided industrial design. The states with the highest employment of these professionals include: Michigan, California, New York, Ohio and Texas.

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15 Notable Art Professors in Toronto, Canada http://www.theartcareerproject.com/15-notable-art-professors-toronto-canada/11214/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/15-notable-art-professors-toronto-canada/11214/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 22:54:00 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11214 As one of Canada’s largest cities and one of its foremost cultural centers, Toronto has a flourishing and diverse art community. It also is an post-secondary education hub in Canada and boasts some of the country’s finest research institutions and art schools. It is only right that we start with Toronto when making any list […]

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Ontario ArtAs one of Canada’s largest cities and one of its foremost cultural centers, Toronto has a flourishing and diverse art community. It also is an post-secondary education hub in Canada and boasts some of the country’s finest research institutions and art schools. It is only right that we start with Toronto when making any list of noteworthy art professors in Canada. The only problem was narrowing the list of noteworthy professors to include. This list isn’t mean to be anywhere near comprehensive and it isn’t ordered. We don’t mean for these lists to be qualitative, we just think that professors deserve more recognition than they get. So enjoy our list!

Lu Ann Lafrenz, Fashion Design Professor, Ryerson University

Ryerson has rapidly become one of North America’s leading universities for fashion design and fashion industry research, and faculty members like Lafrenz are a big reason why. Lafrenz has been the program director for the Master’s Degree program in Fashion for less than three years, but she is a Ryerson staple. She has been a faculty member at the university since 1998 and has played an instrumental role in the growth of the program. Lafrenz has an undergraduate degree in design from Iowa State and a pair of postgraduate degrees (including a PhD) from Ohio State University. She has been teaching ever since and it shows. Students call her one of the nicest and most helpful professors they have ever had and credit her dedication to seeing her students succeed as a big reason why many of them did succeed. She has a knack for remembering everyone’s name and is always flexible with her time. She probably deserves a longer profile of her own.

Matthew AllenMatthew Allen, Architecture Professor, the University of Toronto

Allen has been an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto for nearly four years and his classes draw rave reviews from students. A graduate of the University of Washington and then of Harvard Graduate School of Design (where he is now working on his PhD in architecture), Allen is an accomplished author who has published many papers, and he has worked in respected architecture firms across the globe before arriving in Toronto. Students give his lectures high marks for how engaging and witty he can be and they also say that his passion and knowledge of subjects like design and architectural representation are quite apparent. It should be no surprise that the flagship research institution of one of the country’s largest cities boasts such high-quality faculty.

Thomas Greenwald, Writing Professor, York University

How about a virtual standing ovation for Thomas Greenwald who has been working at York University for more than four decades and has been publishing his work from 1980 all the way through 2008. The York lifer is obviously one of the more respected lecturers on the faculty as students consider him a fair grader who cares about the growth of his students. They also consider him an excellent writing mind and an indispensable resource when it comes to improving their writing. A graduate of Western Michigan University who also has a Master’s degree in English Literature from York University itself, Greenwald deserves recognition as much for his skill as a writer and professor as for his loyalty and pride for the university.

Mike Karapita, Journalism Professor, Humber College

As the Coordinator of the Print and Broadcast Journalism program, Karapita is one of the most important people in the School of Media Studies and Information Technology at Humber College. He is also happens to be an accomplished and respected journalist as well as a pretty darn good professor, at least according to his students. A graduate of the Victoria University and then Carleton University where he got his Master’s degree in journalism, Karapita is still a senior writer for the CBC News on the side and his work doesn’t show any worse for wear despite his double duties. Students appreciate his sense of humor and consider him an excellent motivator who really holds student interest in his classes. His passion for the subject is hard to miss and many students have found him easily accessible and always willing to help.

Debora Joy, Theater (Voice) Professor, George Brown College

Joy has been Head of Voice at the George Brown Theatre School for nearly 20 years and one look at her resume makes it easy to see why. She grew interested in dance and voice at an early age and went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from York University. Joy is not only an accomplished theatre performer with many reputable productions under her belt, she is also an experienced voice teacher who has taught students all across Canada. This could be one of many reasons why Joy is so well-liked amongst her students who praise her for her compassion and deep knowledge of voice and theatre. Many of her students have gone on to lengthy and acclaimed careers in theatre, dance or film and you don’t become the Head of Voice at one of Canada’s best theatre schools without just cause.

Suzanne Cheng, Interior Design Professor, RCC Institute of Technology

Suzanne Cheng has only been teaching at the RCC Institute of Technology since 2012 but she has already made a large impact on of the more popular and prestigious programs at the Institute. A registered interior designer who works as a principal at her own design firm, Cheng graduated from the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture and immediately began to carve a career in the design world. Cheng has worked at some of the most prestigious design firms in Toronto in a variety of capacities and her commitment to environmental sustainability has helped her gain recognition for her innovative and “green” designs. At RCC, she not only teaches design studio but also serves as an on-campus internship coordinator and instructor. Her students appreciate her attention to detail, love for design, and desire to help them succeed and grow as designers. She does all this while also working as a principal at a respected design firm. Need we say more?

Barry Waite, Media Studies Professor, Centennial College

It’s only fair that we show love to a professor from Toronto’s first community college and Barry Waite’s experience and skill as an educator made him an easy choice to showcase. Waite serves as the Chair of Centennial College’s School of Communications, Media, and Design which means he oversees the college’s unique Bachelor of Public Relations Management program. A graduate of York University who is in the process of getting his Master’s degree in Public Relations, Waite has been at Centennial College since 2010 and worked a number of public relations jobs before entering the world of academia. He has quickly risen to chairperson of the communications school and it is a testament to the respect he commands from his students and his commitment to the art of teaching.

Mark A. CheethamMark A. Cheetham, Art Professor, University of Toronto

It shouldn’t take an art enthusiast to see that Cheetham is as qualified for this list as any teacher in the country. Cheetham boasts two degrees from the University of Toronto as well as a PhD in the History of Art from the University of London and his research focuses on artwriting and art making in the modern and contemporary periods. He is a prolific author who has written books and articles on a variety of artistic subjects and his work has helped him pile up awards for his writing and research. His students appreciate Dr. Cheetham’s deep understanding and extensive knowledge of art and art history and also say he has knack for making even dry lectures engaging and interesting. The University of Toronto is one of the foremost art universities in North America and Cheetham is a well-respected member of that faculty as well as something of an art history savant. Mark is also the founder of ArtCan.ca, the public face of the Canadian Art Commons for History of Art Education and Training (CACHET). Needless to say, we feel good about including him here.

Teaching and doing research on contemporary art in Toronto is a tremendous privilege thanks to the art that is made and shown here and the extraordinary people thinking about it. I can’t say enough good things about the wonderful graduate and undergraduate students with whom I work at UofT. – Mark A. Cheetham

Colleen Schindler-Lynch, Fashion Professor, Ryerson University

Ryerson University’s Fashion program is so well-received by the fashion industry that we figured it was only right to include more than one professor from the program on our list and what better candidate than Schindler-Lynch. After graduating from the University of Windsor and then Louisiana State with degrees in fine art, Schindler-Lynch embarked on a career in the fashion industry that hasn’t slowed down even 25 years later. She freelances illustration and textile design for her company and is also the owner/designer of Coco’s Closet, a fashion jewelry design company. She has been teaching fashion illustration at Ryerson for more than a decade and has earned the reputation as a no-nonsense professor who draws the best out of her students and strives for each of her students to be the best fashion designers they possibly can be.

Rui Albino, Animation Professor, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

Animation is growing into a more popular degree program at Seneca College by the semester and professors like Albino are a big reason why. The Sheridan College graduate (degree in Animation) spent almost the first decade of his career as a storyboard artist before pivoting into academia while continuing to work as a storyboard artist. He now teaches at both Seneca College and Georgian College, leading classes in subjects like Animation Arts, Web Animation, and Illustration. He has been at Seneca since 2006 and has become a well-liked professor thanks to his cheery personality, his willingness to help, and his drawing ability. It can often be difficult for a professional artist to make the seamless transition to the education world, but it is clear that Albino is rather adept at balancing both realms.

In-Sook Chung, Music Professor, Royal Conservatory of Music

The first clue that Chung has got this teaching thing down to a science is that she has been employed at one of Canada’s preeminent music schools since the beginning of the 1980s. In her more than 30 years on the faculty at RCM, Chung has become a beloved and respected voice teacher whose track record of student success is quite impressive. A student of music her whole life, Chung has a Bachelor’s degree in Music, a Master’s degree in Music from Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea, and another Master’s degree in Church Music and DMA from Midwest College and Seminary in St. Louis. She is also a tremendously accomplished solo performer who has worked with orchestras across the globe and has been graced with more than one prestigious award. Her combination of skill as a musician and vocalist and as a teacher and educator make her a no-brainer for inclusion on a list like this.

Monica Gaylord, Music Professor, Royal Conservatory of Music

RCM has some of the finest faculty members for music in the country and so it can be tough to pick just one or two professors worthy of highlighting. But even amidst an accomplished and experienced faculty, piano aficionado Monica Gaylord stands out. The New York native has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Eastman School of Music and has spent time learning at the Juilliard School as well. All of that education paid as she has worked as an orchestral pianist for the Toronto Symphony and also for the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Her soloist resume includes work with the Hamilton Philharmonic and the Toronto Symphony as well. Keeping track of her solo performances is nearly impossible she has given so many.  She has dabbled as a private piano teacher in Toronto and joined the teaching staff of the Royal Conservatory of Music and has become a fixture at the school for her helpful nature and ability to get the most out of her students.

April Hickox, Photography Professor, OCAD University

Formerly known as the Ontario College of Art and Design, OCAD University is one of the most prestigious art universities in North America and Hickox is one of the most accomplished artists on a faculty full of them. Well-versed in photography and printmaking thanks to multiple degrees, Hickox has been exhibiting for more than thirty years and her installations have been seen in galleries all across Canada. Her talent as an artist is apparent but so is her skill and passion for teaching. Hickox has taught photography and printmaking classes at Ryerson University, University of Toronto, and at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Students almost unanimously credit Hickox with making them a better artist and say her attention to detail and drive to see her students succeed make the class challenging but incredibly helpful. Her combination of experience as an artist and as a teacher have helped her classes very popular and her dedication to the craft and her students make them worthwhile as well.

Chinkok TanChinkok Tan, Painting Professor, OCAD University

There are tenured professors and then there are veritable professorial institutions. Tan falls into the latter category as, with the exception of one year teaching at the Corcoran School of Art in D.C., Tan has been teaching at OCAD since 1976. Students are often in awe of his technical skill and attention to detail as a painter and they also appreciate his straightforward approach to helping his students improve. A practicing painter and author who is an OCAD alumnus, Tan has been painting and drawing since he was a teenager and some of his books on watercolors have become popular across the globe. His work focuses on the pattern of shape, color and light values created by forests and his students say his passion for painting is unmatched. You don’t make it nearly 40 years at Canada’s preeminent art university without doing something right and it turns out Tan has done many “somethings” right over his illustrious career. It would be a shame not to highlight his extensive and loyal career at OCAD, so we included him without a second thought.

Nick Baxter-Moore, Media Studies Professor, Brock University

We may be stretching the definition of “art professor” by including a media studies professor like Baxter-Moore, but his reputation with students as well as the subject of his classes (Theories of Popular Culture, Popular Music, Media Industries, etc.) made us feel better about including him. Armed with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Manchester, a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a PhD from Carleton University, Baxter-Moore’s academic credentials are bulletproof. He is now an associate professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Brock, where his students recommend his class thanks to his engaging lecture style and in-depth knowledge of the subject. Brock isn’t technically in Toronto (it’s almost directly across Lake Ontario, closer to Buffalo) but Baxter-Moore’s chops as an academic and professor got our attention nonetheless.

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What is a Metal Fabricator?

Metal fabricators utilize raw materials, blueprints and machinery to create a huge variety of items, from tools to car parts to art. In order to perform this job, individuals must learn technical skills and knowledge as well as learn how to operate the machinery needed to create the necessary items. Some metal fabricators may create a variety of parts, while others may specialize and work with only one type of part throughout the day.

Work Environment

Many of these professionals work in manufacturing plants and may spend long periods of time standing or sitting in one position. Others may work in smaller warehouses or buildings set up for metal fabrication. Most metal fabricators will work a regular 40 hour week if they work for an employer. Those who are self-employed have a more flexible schedule and can get projects done when they choose, but they may work long hours as deadlines loom. Structural metal fabricators hold approximately 79,700 jobs within the US, in a huge variety of industries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Education Requirements

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the level of education needed will depend upon which industry and employer individuals are attempting to work for. Although some employers may require nothing other than a high school diploma, those who want to have great job prospects and opportunities should earn at least a bachelor’s degree in the industry they’d like to be employed in, or in engineering or manufacturing. There are certifications available for certain industries, as well, such as the Precision Sheet Metal Operator Certification available from the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International.

Salary

The annual median salary for structural metal fabricators and fitters was $35,750 in May of 2012. However, this is just the center line; individuals can certainly earn significantly more than this depending upon their experience, education, and location. The states with the highest pay for these professionals are: Alaska ($46,880 annual median wage), Wyoming ($46,410), Vermont ($43,690), Connecticut ($43,280), and Minnesota ($43,020).

Job Outlook

It’s difficult to pin down the job outlook for metal fabricators, as it can vary between the different industries that employ these professionals. For instance, the anticipated job growth of metal fabricators and fitters is about 4% through the year 2022, but for the aircraft products and parts industry, it’s expected to grow much faster. For the manufacturing industry, the job growth will largely depend upon the demand for certain items that require parts created by metal fabricators. The states with the highest level of employment for metal fabricators are: Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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