TheArtCareerProject.com http://www.theartcareerproject.com The Art Career Project Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:42:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 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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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, 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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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. 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 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 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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Make a Career for Yourself as a Metal Fabricator http://www.theartcareerproject.com/metal-fabricator/11182/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/metal-fabricator/11182/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 19:31:21 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11182 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. […]

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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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Land on the Big Screen as a Film Editor http://www.theartcareerproject.com/film-editor-careers/11119/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/film-editor-careers/11119/#comments Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:35:03 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11119 What is a Film Editor? A film editor works with the raw footage of a film, cutting and placing footage together to create the final sequence of the finished film. A talented film editor is able to make the transition from one scene to the next very natural, so the audience doesn’t even register it […]

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What is a Film Editor?

A film editor works with the raw footage of a film, cutting and placing footage together to create the final sequence of the finished film. A talented film editor is able to make the transition from one scene to the next very natural, so the audience doesn’t even register it as they’re invested in the television show, commercial, movie, etc. In some instances, the film editor is responsible for more than just editing the film; they may handle some music, sound and visual effects. They work very closely with the director of the film or project, as well as other department heads, to help realize the collective vision of a project.

Because the technology in the film industry is always changing, a film editor needs to stay up to date with the tools and software available. Film editors also need a strong background in film or broadcasting, and computer courses can also be incredibly helpful, since most applications and tools are computer-based these days.

Work Environment

Most film editors will work in studios, typically in an area where they have access to multiple computers and editing equipment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 28,100 film and video editors employed in the US in 2012, and about 24% of editors were self employed. Self-employed editors often do freelance work for smaller budget films, commercials and other projects. Freelancing allows professionals to set their own schedules, although they often work based on a project’s deadline.

Freelancing comes with risks, including some difficulty finding steady work and steady pay. The good news is that there are numerous industries hiring film editors full time, including the industry with the largest employment of editors, the motion picture and video industry. This particular industry was responsible for 10% of employed film editors in 2012.

Education Requirements

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recommends that individuals interested in a film editing career obtain at least a bachelor’s degree in a broadcasting or film-related field. Numerous colleges and universities offer courses in film editing. Film editors may benefit from taking courses that will beef up their portfolio, such as courses teaching music, sound and visual effects. Although many film editors will eventually specialize in a specific type of software that they prefer, it’s best to be familiar with various types. This will make the professional well-rounded, and make their resume more impressive to potential employers.

Salary

Film editing can be a very lucrative career, but like most other careers, the salary of an editor will be dependent upon many variables. The BLS reports that the median annual wage for film and video editors was $51,300 in May of 2012. The top 10% of earners brought home more than $119,000. Typically, those living in an area with a more film-friendly culture will earn more money and have more job prospects. States with the highest pay for film editors include California ($92,940 annual median salary), New York ($78,430), District of Columbia ($74,400), Virginia ($66,140) and New Jersey ($60,120).

Job Outlook

Because the film editor career is lumped together with the camera operator career in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data, the published information shows that the job growth is expected to be quite slow – about 3% through the year 2022. However, this probably is due to the fact that the growth for camera operation jobs is slowing significantly. Editing jobs, however, are on the increase because of the demand for new movies and television shows, not to mention commercials for advertising and other projects.

States with the highest levels of employment for film editors include California (7,970), New York (3,780), Florida (1,320), Texas (890), and Illinois (650).

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Love Art? Sell it as an Art Auctioneer! http://www.theartcareerproject.com/art-auctioneer-careers/11075/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/art-auctioneer-careers/11075/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:12:12 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11075 What is an Art Auctioneer? An art auctioneer works to sell pieces of art for the highest possible price, but this is just the more widely-known aspect of his or her job. Most of the time, the auctioneer is the individual who sets the price on the piece, unless his or her clients request a […]

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An art auctioneer works to sell pieces of art for the highest possible price, but this is just the more widely-known aspect of his or her job. Most of the time, the auctioneer is the individual who sets the price on the piece, unless his or her clients request a specific price or reserve. This requires an in-depth knowledge of art types and artists, as well as some general knowledge about counterfeits and reproductions. The art auctioneer also often markets the auction, which requires targeting the right group of potential buyers. Having a background in marketing helps with this aspect of auctioneering, and provides a more well-rounded resume to show potential employers/clients.

In addition to all of these duties, the art auctioneer must be great in front of the public, with the ability to motivate the crowd to bid on items. He or she must stay calm under pressure and be able to quickly judge the interest of the crowd for a particular item.

Work Environment

Most of the art auctioneer’s work is done behind the scenes as he or she researches products, find the right target market for a particular product, networks with art collectors and appraisers, and more. These tasks are most often done in an office setting. However, art auctioneers also work with the public during auction settings which may take place in galleries, studios or warehouse-type settings. The Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies art auctioneers as “demonstrators and product promoters.” Their data shows that the industry which employs the most demonstrators and product promoters is the advertising and public relations industry (24,990 employed in 2012).

Education Requirements

There is no formal education requirement for this particular career according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, because it requires a significant amount of knowledge about art, it’s suggested that those interested in pursuing a career as an art auctioneer obtain at least a bachelor’s degree in an art-related field. Courses which will help expand the auctioneer’s portfolio and help make them a more well-rounded job candidate include marketing and advertising, public relations, and business-related courses.

Salary

Art auctioneers generally receive commissions for each piece of art they sell, so the actual yearly salary can differ from one auctioneer to the next. However, the BLS reports that the annual median salary for art auctioneers in 2012 was $23,860. Keep in mind that this is just the middle of the road; auctioneers who are particularly successful can earn significantly more than this. The states with the highest pay for art auctioneers are Maryland, Louisiana, Connecticut, New York and Georgia.

Job Outlook

Individuals interested in this career will be happy to know that it is growing at a rate of 16%, which is significantly faster than the average growth rate for all other careers. As more and more individuals become interested in art, these professionals will be in even higher demand. States which have the highest employment levels of art auctioneers include Texas, New York, Florida, Michigan and Ohio.

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Decode the Language of the Web as a Web Developer http://www.theartcareerproject.com/web-developer-careers/11050/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/web-developer-careers/11050/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:03:27 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11050 What is a Web Developer? Web developers build websites, but that just scratches the surface of what they do. Whereas the website designer creates the overall look of the website, the developer has a deep understanding of authoring or scripting languages used to create websites. This allows them to convert the different components (from audio […]

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What is a Web Developer?

Web developers build websites, but that just scratches the surface of what they do. Whereas the website designer creates the overall look of the website, the developer has a deep understanding of authoring or scripting languages used to create websites. This allows them to convert the different components (from audio and graphic to video and text components) into compatible web formats that are accessible to the end user. In addition to the technical aspects of web development, these professionals must possess a great understanding of user needs in order to make sure those needs are met in the best way they can be.

Because the technology is always changing and new research is showing different developments in user trends, it’s essential that web developers stay up to date and current with software programs, scripting languages and trends. With the phenomenal growth in the online world, and the increasing number of individuals and businesses utilizing websites, web developers are in high demand. Those interested in pursuing a career in this industry should have a strong background in computer science or programming. It’s also important that these professionals be well-rounded – knowledge of graphic design, multimedia publishing tools, and marketing techniques can make a web developer’s resume more attractive to potential clients or employers.

Work Environment

Because web developers spend most of their time on computers, the typical work environment for this professional is an office or area in an office building. However, an increasing number of web developers are self-employed and may work from their own home office. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that approximately 141,400 web developers were employed in 2012 and about ¼ of those developers were self-employed.

Freelancing can be an exciting and flexible way to practice web development, but there is a downside: freelancers work job to job and this style isn’t conducive to a steady and reliable paycheck. Those who would rather not pursue freelancing, which can be considered somewhat risky, will be happy to know that a number of great industries employ full-time web developers. The BLS reports that as of 2012, the computer systems design and related services industry employed 16% of web developers. Other industries that employ these professionals include data processing, hosting, related services and other information services (8%), finance and insurance (5%), educational services (5%) and religious, grant-making, civic, professional and similar organizations (5%).

Education Requirements

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the most common type of degree obtained by web developers is an associate degree in web design or a related field. However, those interested in more advanced and technical developer positions or web architect positions may benefit more from a bachelor’s degree, which will allow them to obtain an adequate amount of computer and technical knowledge. Web developers may also benefit from courses that will allow them to bring more to the table, such as graphic design, multimedia art and marketing. Graphic design may be especially important to employers who are seeking web developers as part of a team heavily involved in a website’s visual appearance.

Salary

According to the BLS, the annual median salary of web developers in May 2012 was $62,500 – more than double the average salary of all other occupations. A web developer’s actual salary can be influenced by a number of different things, from the industry they’re employed in to the location they live in. The top 10% of earners brought home more than $105,000 in 2012. Industries hiring web developers that pay the most include software publishers (with an annual median wage of $85,210), monetary authorities ($83,970) and securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage ($83,350). The 5 top-paying states that employ web developers are: the District of Columbia, Washington, Maryland, Virginia and Massachusetts.

Job Outlook

The web development industry has an incredible outlook, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment is expected to grow 20% through the year 2022, which is nearly double that of all other occupations. Ecommerce is growing at a tremendous rate and more and more companies and individuals are creating websites – all of which requires excellent web developers. States that have the largest numbers of web developers include: California (16,900), Texas (8,310), New York (8,270), Florida (6,990) and Washington (5,280).

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Never Stop Having Fun as a Video Game Creative Director http://www.theartcareerproject.com/video-game-design-creative-director/11034/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/video-game-design-creative-director/11034/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:38:02 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=11034 What is a Video Game Creative Director? Defining the role of a video game design creative director can be difficult because the exact duties of this profession can differ from one agency to the next. Like many creative professions, there is no specific set of guidelines that are followed across the board. However, all video […]

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What is a Video Game Creative Director?

Defining the role of a video game design creative director can be difficult because the exact duties of this profession can differ from one agency to the next. Like many creative professions, there is no specific set of guidelines that are followed across the board. However, all video game design creative directors generally have one broad purpose: to make sure a video game project looks fantastic in all aspects. In order to achieve this, most creative directors will manage and work with the video game designers, illustrators, motion graphic artists, 2D/3D animators and other professionals involved in the project.

Often, the video game design creative director is considered the top authority on all aspects of the visual side of a video game, and may have to devise techniques to propel a video game project forward and keep it on track while maintaining the integrity of the project. Communication is an essential skill, as is leadership and motivation. Most creative directors rise to this position after having worked as a video game designer, and they must stay up to date when it comes to the computer software programs, tools and devices used to get the job done. A creative director must be well-versed in all of the visual aspects involved in creating a video game, and a good amount of creative talent is required in this position.

Some other duties the creative director may have include recruiting competent team members for the completion of a project, developing and managing the project’s budget, coordinating duties between different departments, reviewing and approving different stages of the project, and presenting design ideas and materials to clients.

Learn more about how to become a video game designer.

Work Environment

Typically, a video game design creative director will work in a video game studio and will likely do a great deal of their work at their computer or in their office. The job requirements mean this professional will often meet with the heads of other departments, which may happen throughout the studios or in meeting rooms. Many creative directors do some work from home; in fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 57% of all art directors (in general) are self-employed. However, even self-employed directors must meet with various other professionals, and this typically takes place in fast-paced office settings.

Education Requirements

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recommends that those interested in pursuing a creative director career obtain at least a bachelor’s degree in an art or design subject. However, once that degree is obtained, a fair amount of time should be spent as a video game designer, graphic designer, illustrator or in another multimedia art related career. This provides a wealth of experience and skill that will be used in the position of creative director. Many creative directors also gain more advanced degrees as they do artist work, which can further prepare them for the role of director. Other courses that are beneficial include management and leadership courses. Interested students would benefit from doing extensive research on the available art programs at different institutions before choosing a school; read about video game design schools.

Salary

Working with the artistic side of video games is an exciting prospect, and these professionals are certainly well-compensated for their skills and abilities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published data reporting that in May of 2013, art directors working in the motion picture and video industries earned a median annual wage of $104,630. This is well above art directors working in other industries, such as advertising and public relations, newspaper and book publishing, and specialized design services. There were 32,500 art directors employed throughout the United States in May 2013.

Job Outlook

Surprisingly, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a slower growth for video game design creative directors than the average career. The anticipated growth through the year 2022 is just 6% compared to the 11% for all other occupations. One of the reasons for the slow growth can be the high level of competition in this field. More and more individuals are going into the video game design industry, and existing video game designers, illustrators and artists are attempting to rise through the ranks to become creative directors. One thing that sets candidates aside is a well-crafted portfolio that demonstrates strong skills in visual design and all aspects of multimedia art. Management and leadership courses can also help candidates stand out from the crowd.

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15 Noteworthy Art Professors in Paris, France http://www.theartcareerproject.com/15-noteworthy-art-professors-paris/10947/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/15-noteworthy-art-professors-paris/10947/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:19:10 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=10947 Anyone who loves different forms of art knows about Paris, France. Once of the greatest cities in the world to visit, Paris is rich with art and architectural history and culture. Once just considered a great city for tourism, Paris is now a flourishing metropolis with one of the most vibrant art scences in the […]

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Paris ArtAnyone who loves different forms of art knows about Paris, France. Once of the greatest cities in the world to visit, Paris is rich with art and architectural history and culture. Once just considered a great city for tourism, Paris is now a flourishing metropolis with one of the most vibrant art scences in the world. Any artist will tell you that a trip to Paris can be perfect for aspiring artists trying to find careers in art. It is also the educational center of France and because of that, it is home to some of the country’s and the world’s foremost art institutions. Those institutions are understandably peppered with talented and deserving faculty members. On that note, we continue our practice of highlighting 15 noteworthy professors in the area, only this time we added some international flavor. Fifteen professors is definitely not enough to highlight, but in the interest of keeping the article short(ish), we capped the list at 15.

Dominique Belloir, Film/Multimedia Professor, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts

One of the oldest art schools in the world and one of the most prestigious as well considering its role as France’s National School of Fine Arts, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts is an exceedingly popular destination for French and International students alike and professors like Belloir are a big reason why. A native of the United Kingdom, Belloir has been a film/multimedia professor in Paris since 1995 and has been working with video for more than 40 years. After getting master’s and doctoral degrees in cinema in the late 1970s, Belloir quickly became one of the foremost experts on the use of video in art. She has also directed and produced many films for clients and is an accomplished writer/journalist covering the artistic medium of video. Students appreciate not only her in-depth knowledge and passion for the subjects she teaches, but they also find her encouraging and patient with students who need help, making her a shoo-in for this list.

Patricio Sarmiento, Fashion Design Professor, Paris College of Art

Once associated with Parsons The New School for Design, the Paris College of Art became an independent institution in 2010 but it still relies on American education principles as part of its curriculum. One of the most popular and well-recognized programs at the school is its degree in Fashion Design which has some of the best professors in the field. Sarmiento is just one such example. He graduated from Parsons in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and then got his Master’s degree in fashion design from the Institut Français de la Mode (IFM). Since then Sarmiento has been a staple of the fashion scene working with clients like DKNY, Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, and Maurizio Galante. He is also a consultant for the National Taiwan Craft and Design Research Institute and owns his own design firm called Odobo Design. In an industry reliant on connections, Sarmiento has many and he is willing to work them to help students. He can be a bit of a task-master, but students acknowledge that is because he brings out the best in them and most agreed that they left his class a much better designer than when they entered.

Catherine Hardouin, Retail Design Professor, Strate College

Having earned her Master’s degree in interior design all the way back in the middle of the 1970s, it’s safe to say that Hardouin has forgot more about design than most will ever know. Right after graduating with her degree, Hardouin joined ENFI DESIGN, a leading design agency in Paris where she worked for eight years before founding the BAIA agency which specialized in applied communication space. After eight years at BAIA, Hardouin returned to ENFI DESIGN as the director of development and projects where she worked until 2010. In 2008, she became a professor at Strate College, one of the city’s best design schools, and she now teaches retail design and has been for the past six years. Her experience alone makes her an excellent teacher because she has so much knowledge and experience of the design industry that is worth sharing, but she also seems to genuinely enjoy teaching and tries hard to make her classes interesting and connect with her students.

Aurélie Mossé, Design Professor, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD)

Mossé is not your ordinary textile design professor. She has basic design knowledge and has undoubtedly worked with textiles before, but her primary research focus is on the design of self-actuated textiles for the home in the context of architecture and technology as well as future textile design research. New/smart technologies in the world of design and textile design are her passion. She holds a Master’s degree in Design for Textile Futures from Central St. Martins and a Bachelor’s degree in Surface, Material and Textile Design from ESAA Duperré. She is also a founding member of the London-based textile design lab Puff & Flock. Needless to say she has the education and employment credentials to be an excellent textile design professor. Still just a part-time lecturer at ENSAD, teaches master’s classes on textiles of the future and innovative design materials. Students say her knowledge and passion for such a niche subject is evident and her personality makes students feel as if she genuinely cares about their success and growth as a student.

Farid Chenoune, Art History Professor, Institut Français de la Mode (IFM)

One of the most influential design institutes in the entire country, IFM has built a reputation as one of the best places in the world to study fashion and a big reason why is because of the experienced and talented faculty the Institute employs. Chenoune is considered a foremost expert on fashion history and he teaches the history and culture of fashion at the Institute. He is an accomplished author who has published numerous books, including one on the history of men’s fashion, and he has been an editor at Mixt and occasionally still contributes to Vogue magazine as well. He has produced catalogs for exhibition and is a frequent speaker and lecturer on the history of fashion. His students like his classes because he makes every class interesting and tells very engaging stories about fashion and its history. There are few historians of any kind who know their subject as well as Chenoune does and that knowledge, coupled with his engaging classes, earn him a choice spot on this list.

Tadashi Kawamata, Fine Arts Professor, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts

You didn’t think the National School of Fine Arts in one of the most artistic cities in the world would only have one noteworthy professor did you? Thanks to his incredible skill as an artist and the fact that his work has been exhibited extensively across the globe, Kawamata may actually be almost as famous as the school he teaches at. Kawamata earned a PhD from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music in 1984 and actually returned to the school as a professor from 1999-2005. His work isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, it also values the production process and tries to transcend art and leak into history and sociology and even architecture. Students learn a lot from Kawamata because he expects so much from his students and he because he is willing to work with students to help them grow. His knowledge of fine arts and fine arts production is nearly unmatched, which, coupled with his desire to see his students succeed, lands him on this list.

Kathryn Frost, Sustainable Designs Professor, Parsons Paris School of Art & Design

It only makes sense that an art school as prestigious as Parsons would open a school in the art center of the world. But entering an already crowded space isn’t easy and Parsons is trying to do it by selling its incredible resources and world-class education taught by professors like Frost. Educated in America, Frost got her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in architecture from the University of Virginia and Yale University respectively. She quickly entered the design world, working in New York and Ireland before coming to Paris. In addition to her part-time teaching duties, Frost is a respected architect and designer who is working with a French NGO on the design of a mental healthcare facility and helped create a design model for the dome of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Her credentials really speak for herself, which is why it is also nice to see that she stands out in the world of academia. Her passion for the subject and research into the future of design show that she truly cares about the subject material, which carries over into her classrooms.

Daniel Krob, Engineering/Computer Science Professor, École Polytechnique

École Polytechnique is widely considered one of the finest science and engineering schools in the entire world and the school would undoubtedly credit accomplished faculty members like Krob for a big part of that reputation. Accomplished might actually be an understatement when it comes to Krob, because there are few computer scientists in the world with credentials and experience as impressive as Krob. Armed with degrees in mathematics and a PhD in Computer Science, Krob started his career as a junior researcher for the National Center for Scientific Research in France. He quickly became a senior researcher and held that position for more than a decade. Not long after his promotion to senior researcher, Krob started working as a professor of engineering at École Polytechnique and hasn’t left. He is now not only the Chair of Engineering Complex Systems at the University, but he is also the president of CESAMES. His classes are in-depth, which is fine, because he is so passionate and knowledgeable about his subject. I don’t think we need to state much more of his case for inclusion on this list.

Anne-Françoise Benhamou, Theater Professor, Ecole Normale Superieure

ENS Paris is perhaps the country’s finest university and while it is best-known for its Humanities and Sciences Departments, it also has an excellent history department thanks to the hard work and dedication of faculty members like Benhamou. Benhamou has been a professor of theatre studies at the university since 2012 and was working as an artistic advisor and playwright at the Colline National Theater before transitioning to academia. Her education credentials show her knowledge is real and her impressive teaching credentials and consulting work make it difficult to question why she has been put in charge of young minds. Benhamou has received positive feedback from students for her ability to make theater compelling even to uninterested students and she is also well-liked because she is willing to put in the time to help students get better.

Tristan Cazenave, Computer Science Professor, Université Paris-Dauphine

The PhD program in Computer Science at Université Paris-Dauphine continuous to grow in popularity and recognition and a large part of that growth has been aided by professors like Cazenave. Cazenave is something of a computer and engineering/design savant having written two video games that got published when he was just 16. In 1992 he cofounded his own web company and just six years later he was an Assistant Professor at Université Paris 8. Considered somewhat of an expert on the subject of Monte-Carlo Go and Monte-Carlo Tree Search, Cazenave became Professor at the Université Paris Dauphine in 2008. Since then he has been a respected and valued member of the faculty and has obviously impressed with his knowledge of the subject and his immense experience and impressive accolades.

Gabriel Wick, Landscape Architecture Professor, Parsons Paris School of Art & Design

It’s safe to say that Wick has always been interested in architecture and landscape design. He got his Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Design from New York University and his Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He even earned a specialized degree in historic landscape conservation from the National Architecture School of Versailles. His work as a landscape designer started at a firm in New York and continued when he moved to Paris in 2006. He recently published a book reconstituting landscape gardens, he teaches at Parsons, and he is completing doctoral research at the University of London – Queen Mary that will focus on how landscape design communicates political and ideological meanings before the French Revolution.   He worked as a landscape designer and planner at Hargreaves Associates in New York and, after his move to Paris in 2006, in the office of Michel Desvigne. He is currently completing his doctoral research studies in history and cultural geography at the University of London — Queen Mary. His understanding for the subject and his interest in the subject are beyond questioning and that has helped him quickly become an engaging, well-liked, and respected design professor at one of the world’s best design schools.

Tatiana Grigorenko, Photography Professor, Paris College of Art

Grigorenko is one of the younger professors on staff but that shouldn’t be used to doubt her ability as a teacher or as an artist. Educated first at Amherst College where she earned her Bachelor’s degree and then at Yale University where she earned her Master’s degree in Photography, Grigorenko has not only traveled far and wide as a teacher, she has also worked for clients such as the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, and her work has been exhibited in galleries across the globe. Her work has also been published in magazines and other media outlets. She has taught photography at Yale, American University in Paris, and the International Center of Photography, and it shows in her work as a teacher at the Paris College of Art. She has earned plenty of respect and admiration for her dedication to teaching, her willingness to help her students focus on the details, and her patient and understanding nature. Fast forward 50 years and she may still deserve to be on this list.

Caroline Coutant, Fashion Design Professor, École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode

A private school of fashion originally founded in the 19th century, ESMOD has grown into one of the best and most famous fashion design schools in the world with campuses in a number of major cities around Europe. An ESMOD alumnus, Coutant has spent the past two decades establishing herself as one of the best fashion designers in the industry. She has work in sectors such as mid-to-high end women’s ready-to-wear or with high-end luxury companies and she has worked as a freelance stylist for luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Cartier, and Burberry. That she has chosen to give back to future fashion designers is a sign of what a good teacher she is. Already incredibly accomplished and experienced, Coutant is making her mark on the teaching profession for her passionate personality and her engaging lecture ability. Fashion design can be a brutal industry, but Coutant helps restore some of the glitz and glamour with her excitement and her connections don’t hurt students in her classes either.

Marco Mencacci, Design Professor, École Camondo 

All teachers should combine passion for the subject material with extensive experience in the field, but artists like Mencacci occasionally combine it better than others. Mencacci considers himself a multidisciplinary artist and why not? Especially since his work spans design industries from interior design to glass art to architecture. His work has been exhibited at some of the prestigious museums and galleries around the globe and he has worked with brand heavyweights such as Cartier, Chanel, Hermes, and Louis Vuitton. In addition to his extensive work as an artist, he teaches design and interior design at several prestigious schools and universities including École Camondo. Any school would feel lucky to land a faculty member with such a sparkling reputation in the design industry and in academia and Mencacci has lived up to his billing as a knowledgeable, genuine, and fascinating design teacher who helps make his students better artists.

Guillaume Frauly, Graphic Design History Professor, Ecole Supérieure des Arts Modernes

Frauly is one of the unique graphic design professors whose expertise lies less in the technical aspects of the field and more in the history of the field. A journalist, editor and a teacher, Frauly has a Bachelor’s degree from from SUNY New Paltz in Photo-Journalism and he has a Master’s degree in Communications as well. After starting his career as a journalist, he became the President of the Anatome Gallery, where he worked for three years before settling into a life of teaching history of graphic design and writing articles and journals on the subject. He is also a prolific teacher who works at many vocational schools in the country, which is probably why students spoke so highly of them and why he inevitably ended up on this list.

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Design the Pages of Books with a Print Design Career http://www.theartcareerproject.com/print-designer/10853/ http://www.theartcareerproject.com/print-designer/10853/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:49:42 +0000 http://www.theartcareerproject.com/?p=10853 What is a Print Designer? A print designer is very closely related to a graphic designer, though print designers work to ensure that the print on a page is attractive and ready to print. Using technical and typographical skills, print designers ready items for print using a variety of techniques from determining font types, sizes, […]

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What is a Print Designer?

A print designer is very closely related to a graphic designer, though print designers work to ensure that the print on a page is attractive and ready to print. Using technical and typographical skills, print designers ready items for print using a variety of techniques from determining font types, sizes, and colors to arranging line and letter spacing, adding graphics, and designing entire page layouts. A strong background in graphic design helps print designers determine what looks most appealing to the end user of the project.

In addition to a strong graphic design background, print designers may benefit from having experience with marketing, since many of their projects will be utilized for that purpose.

Work Environment

Print designers fall under the category “graphic designers” with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These professionals typically work in agencies where they have an office and access to computers, software, and other tools of the trade. They will often need to meet with other department heads or supervisors to get input on designs or related information. According to the BLS, about 24% of graphic designers were self-employed in 2012. Freelancing can be an exciting and flexible way for a print designer to work, but for those who don’t want the risk that comes along with freelancing, there are several industries that readily employ print designers full-time.

The largest employer of these professionals is the manufacturing industry, which employs 14% of graphic designers. Following that, there is the specialized design services industry (10%), the newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers (9%), advertising, public relations, and related services (8%) and wholesale trade (5%). Most print designers work full time, and some may work more than 40 hours a week, especially when deadlines are looming.

Education Requirements

The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that print designers obtain a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a closely related field. Courses in printing techniques, computerized design, writing, marketing and business are all beneficial to this professional and may make their resume more attractive to potential employers. Most schools with graphic design and related programs will assist the student in building an attractive portfolio and may also assist them in finding internships that will increase their experience and help them gain the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in this career.

Salary

The annual median salary of graphic designers was $44,150 in May 2012, according to the BLS. This is significantly higher than the national average for all other occupations. The top 10% of earners in 2012 brought home more than $77,000. Many different things will affect the print designer’s actual salary, including their experience, the industry they work with, and their location. The 5 top paying states for graphic designers include the District of Columbia ($71,520 annual median salary), New York ($60,500), California ($57,070), Maryland ($56,850), and Connecticut ($56,370).

Job Outlook

There were 259,500 graphic designers employed in the U.S. in May of 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The employment growth rate is 7%, which is slower than the average growth rate for other occupations. Even more disappointing is that the employment of graphic designers in newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers (print designers) is anticipated to decline 16% through the year 2022. This is primarily due to the increase in technology and the fact that most items are now being electronically published rather than printed. However, those who have a great background and a well-rounded portfolio should still have plenty of prospects and opportunities within the industry.

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