What Does Career Progression for Graphic Designers Look Like?

For those who are looking for a creative career, being a graphic designer seems to the right job for you. This field brings a lot of opportunities where you can show your creative side by coming up with new and innovative designs. Now, let me tell you what graphic designing actually is, and how you can build a career in it. Have a look!

Graphic design is also known as communication design, it is an art and practice of creating and projecting your ideas in visual and textual form. Here, you need to make designs for a company at any scale, right from a simple poster to the graphics of your company’s website.

As we all know, graphic design is a creative process, but did you know that it is the process that reaches into everything that a company does these days?

From websites to application interfaces to product packaging, the talented hand of a graphic designer can be seen everywhere. If you are looking out to make this as your career, it would be a challenging and rewarding work experience for you.

Career Progression

Graphic Designers are found in a different array of job titles, depending on the business context and stage of career.

Junior Designer

In many organizations like agencies or publications – a graphic designer can progress their career to a senior designer. Later, according to the experience you gain as a graphic designer in the industry, you can move to posts like art director, then art director. Sounds amazing right?

Oh yes! Ideally, a junior designer may be called as a graphic designer, UI/UX designer, visual designer, motion designer, digital designer, web designer, animator, production artist, or graphic artist.

Mid Level Designer

In the midst of your career, you can earn specific job titles like information designer, interaction designer, product designer, environmental graphics designer, information architect, package designer, exhibition designer, experience designer, or content strategist.

As I mentioned above, your role also depends on the type of company/industry you are working for. 

Executive Level

After you have a gained sufficient experience and have a lot of knowledge of designing segment very lucrative job titles would be awaiting for you. At the executive level, designers can occupy positions such as owner/founder, executive creative director, head of design, or chief creative officer. Generally, graphic designers at the executive level are known as Creative Head of the company.

Qualifications

A Degree Is Not Necessary

Students from any stream can apply for a job as a graphic designer, but you should have a relevant work experience or an associate degree to land a job. Nobody will give you a job unless you have a proof of adequate training. If you don’t have relevant qualification proof yet you are passionate and talented, your portfolio can help you to get a job.

Should Be Very Familiar With Design Softwares

Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are the most used and popular applications for graphic designing. However, there are many other applications and new software is also coming up with many advanced features.

You as a graphic designer should know how to use these applications, not all but should have an idea how most of them works. It is highly suggested to the designer aspirants, to be up to date with new and advanced applications so that you don’t fall behind the times.

Colour Palette

The colour theory should not only be known by painters but also by graphic designers. It may be indistinct but knowing how to use, contrast or mix colours would be an invaluable skill.

Basic HTML

A graphic designer should know basics of HTML & CSS, which are programming languages. You can go to the hood of a site or CMS and manipulate the pages and designs. Knowing a programming language is necessary to set the design of a web page.

Salary Potential

The average pay for a Graphic Designer is $44,000 Annually according to Payscale. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this field.

The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Adobe Acrobat, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Dreamweaver.

These were some essential skills and qualification you need to develop to be a successful graphic designer. Share your thoughts about graphic designing as a career in our comment box below.

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