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Design Jobs Overview Creative design jobs can be subdivided into two main specialisations: graphic design jobs and ...

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Design Jobs Overview

Creative design jobs can be subdivided into two main specialisations: graphic design jobs and industrial or product design jobs. Depending on their specialisation, designers are responsible for creating product blueprints, designing concepts for websites, corporate brochures, exhibitions, and printed media, testing prototypes, and liaising with project managers, clients, and other professionals in the creative sector. Designers must be able to think outside of the box, empathise with clients and their needs, and have up-to-date knowledge of specialised software packages, like CAD tools or web development languages.

Design Jobs Education Requirements

Many designers enter the profession with a BTEC, HND, or degree in an arts-related subject. Acceptable subjects include visual arts, graphic design, visual communications, illustration, and 3D design. Employers also value knowledge of photography, marketing, and advertising. Industrial designers are expected to have a degree and/or postgraduate qualification in product design or in industrial design and technology. It is strongly recommended to choose a course endorsed by the Chartered Society of Designers.

Design Jobs Market

Recent government statistics show that the design industry generates £5bn/year and is expected to be one of the fastest-growing sectors. Market research firm Ibis World has predicted that the design job market will grow by 6 per cent every year until 2020, so employment prospects for qualified and motivated designers are generally good. A large percentage of design vacancies are available in London and other creative clusters around the UK, such as the South East and the West Midlands, or in hotspots like Bristol or Glasgow. Positions include freelancing roles and in-house designer positions, and jobs are often full time.

Design Jobs Salary Information

Junior designers may earn anything between £15,000 and £20,000 / year. Mid-career designers often make £25,000-£40,000 / year, depending on skills and location. Designers can become heads of department or creative directors, and in this case you would be looking at annual salaries in the region of £60,000-£80,000.

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