ACTE Techniques January 2012 : Page 58

C AREER C UR VE Graphic Designer PHOTOS COURTESy OF INDIAN CAPITAL TECHNOLOGy CENTER Chase Huggins, a graphic design student at Indian Capital Technology Center (ICTC), performs his on-the-job training at Corporate to Casual, a company that makes T-Shirts and other promotional items. ICTC students learn to produce dynamic graphics for both print and electronic communications. GRApHIC DESIGNERS pLAN AND CREAtE LAYOUtS AND DESIGNS for print and electronic media using color, type, illustration, photography, animation and other visual elements. They may prepare layouts as sketches or use specialized computer software. Handbook , these credentials lead to jobs requiring technical skills, but the more creative careers in graphic design may require a bachelor’s degree. and business management, jobs will also be available in developing communica-tion strategies. Earnings According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual wages for graphic designers were $42,400 in May 2008, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $74,660. Design directors and graphic designers with ownership inter-ests in a firm earned about $95,000. explore more The Workplace Graphic designers may be employed by advertising, publishing, multi-media, printing and design companies. Some may have their own studios or work as freelance designers. For more information about the career of graphic designer and the education and train-ing it requires, here are some places to turn. Accrediting Commission for Community and Precollegiate Arts Schools www.arts-accredit.org American Institute of Graphic Arts www.aiga.org Art Directors Club www.adcglobal.org Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation www.gaerf.org National Association of Schools of Art and Design www.nasad.arts-accredit.org Educational requirements Postsecondary education is usually required for the technical and creative skills of the graphic design field. Many technical and community colleges of-fer associate degrees and certificates in graphic design, and according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Job Outlook The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that employment of graphic designers will grow about 13 percent from 2008 to 2018, but those with Web site design and animation experience will be especially needed as demand increases in interac-tive media. For those with a liberal arts education and experience in marketing 58 Techniques Januar y 2012 www.acteonline.org

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