Graphic Designers

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About the Job

Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

It is also Called

  • Advertising Designer
  • Advertising Layout Worker
  • Art Director
  • Artist
  • Catalogue Illustrator
  • Commerical Artist
  • Composing Room Supervisor
  • Concept Artist
  • Creative Director
  • Creative Manager

What They Do

  • Develop negatives and prints to produce layout photographs, using negative and print developing equipment and tools.
  • Photograph layouts, using camera, to make layout prints for supervisors or clients.
  • Produce still and animated graphics for on-air and taped portions of television news broadcasts, using electronic video equipment.
  • Mark up, paste, and assemble final layouts to prepare layouts for printer.
  • Research new software or design concepts.
  • Study illustrations and photographs to plan presentation of materials, products, or services.
  • Draw and print charts, graphs, illustrations, and other artwork, using computer.
  • Prepare notes and instructions for workers who assemble and prepare final layouts for printing.
  • Maintain archive of images, photos, or previous work products.
  • Key information into computer equipment to create layouts for client or supervisor.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ARE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Artistic interests, but also prefer Realistic and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Recognition in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $51,420 with most people making between $29,000 and $77,760

Outlook

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During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 8,950 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 8,700 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 280 replacement openings for approximately 280 total annual openings.