4 Incredibly Creative Careers You Can Pursue as a Graphic Designer.

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Graphic-Designer-working-globeuniversityAn article by contributor Dixie Somers.

Graphic design degrees are becoming increasingly popular in our day in age when creativity runs rampant in order to express ideas, garner attention, and boost businesses. Many creative individuals pursue these types of degrees in hopes of landing a creative job, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Yes, there are plenty of things you can do with a graphic design education and background, but not all paths lead to a “creative career”. However, if you currently pursuing an education or career in this field, fear not! There are still incredibly creative jobs out there, and you can land these jobs with the right experience and qualifications. Take a look at four incredibly creative (and enjoyable) careers you can pursue as a graphic designer:

CIA Artist / Designer

Would you believe the USA’s Central Intelligence Agency hires graphic designers? While this isn’t an occupation that’s typically associated with the CIA, the agency does employ some graphic designers. According to the Central Intelligence Agency’s website, “Designers work with analysts to produce infographics, charts, graphs, videos and interactive multimedia products for intelligence assessments that go to policymakers.” In this kind of position, the typical pay can range anywhere from $49,861 – $97,333 per year for full-time work. Typically, a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or fine arts is a requirement, and you can reach out to CIA recruiters to learn about job opportunities.

E-Book Cover Designer

With the e-book trend gaining traction, nowadays there are opportunities for graphic designers to specialize in e-book cover design. Opportunities also exist in traditional publishing as well. The salary for these kinds of jobs vary widely depending on whether you work for a publishing company or do freelance work. The best way to break into this industry is to market your work to freelance writers who self-publish e-books. Thanks to the widespread use of the Internet these days, this is now a booming market. You can check publishers’ websites for current job opportunities and internships.

Art Director

Art directors typically work for magazines, newspapers, publishers, public relations companies, advertising agencies or film production companies. They oversee the photography, design and look of the publications or productions marketed by their employers. Depending on what kind of entity you work for, you can make around $80,880 per year or $38.88 per hour. To land a job of this nature, you’ll need a degree in graphic design or art, plus relevant work experience to be considered for these kinds of jobs, so a bachelor degree is the best starting point for entry.  Check local classifieds, publishers’ websites and advertising agency websites for current job opportunities.

Web Developer

Web developers are responsible for designing and building websites. They oversee many aspects of the user experience on the website, from page load times to graphics. Web developers utilize both graphic design skills and computer programming skills, which requires a lot of creativity. So if you’re an adept programmer, or willing to learn how to program, this career path could be an excellent choice for you. These jobs typically pay $62,500 per year or $30.05 per hour. In order to get hired, you’ll need relevant credentials — typically an associate degree or bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer programming, graphic design or web design.

It is a great big world out there for those with a graphic designing background and education. While you might be discouraged in your job search as you find plain Jane job after job, you should know that there are creative jobs out there. Not every job will sound glamorous, but as a graphic design specialist, you’ll have the chance to take something plain and make it interesting, inspiring or different—every day. The information for this article was provided by professionals who offer art education graduate programs for interested students.

This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write for business, finance, careers, and education. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters. You can follower her on Twitter @DixieSomers.


About the Author

Esme Smith

Esme received her M.A. In Counseling from St. Edward's University, and worked with students at Concordia University Texas' Career Center. She developed a passion for Career Counseling after leaving undergrad without much guidance, and grappling with unsatisfying work. She strives to help others bridge the gap between graduation and "the real world."

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