Are you looking for a career that allows you to be hands-on and creative? Do you love drawing, enjoy creating digital graphics, or are you interested in typography? Graphic design could be a good career path to consider.
This article aims to help you understand whether graphic design is the right career for you. Read on to find out what a career in graphic design involves. Plus discover what the career prospects look like and the types of graphic design jobs that are available.
What does a graphic designer do?
A graphic designer is a visual communicator. You will work with a variety of media such as images, animation, photography and typography to create compelling pieces of design that clearly communicate a message to an audience. You will need to discuss projects and requirements with clients, provide costs, create drafts and use specialist design software. You’ll need to be able to work to strict budgets and deadlines too.
Your daily tasks will depend on the specific job role you choose and whether you decide to specialise. Some specialisms could include illustrating books, creating eye-catching presentations, designing logos or developing packaging.
You could consider an in-house role where you work for a single brand. You may prefer to gain experience at a graphic design agency where you will work with various clients from diverse industries. Or another option is to start your own graphic design business, working on a freelance basis.
Is graphic design a good career choice?
If you’re artistic and have an excellent technical ability, graphic design can provide you with some superb job prospects. According to Job Outlook, the number of Graphic Designers grew over the last five years, and this is expected to grow strongly over the next five years too. There will likely be around 5,400 job openings each year also. Roles are available across Australia and in a variety of different industries.
If you’re wondering what a graphic design salary looks like, this would be around $1,346 per week. This is similar to the ‘all job’ average. You would also have the opportunity to increase your earning potential over time, as you develop your skills and experience.
What are the different types of graphic design jobs?
There is a vast range of jobs in graphic design you could consider. Here are just a few suggestions to help give you some inspiration:
Brand and logo designer
Every business needs a clear identity. As a brand designer, you will work with clients to help create a brand and logo that expresses its key message and business values.
If you enjoy technology, you may want to specialise in designing for the web. This can include planning the layout of a web page, creating graphics for web pages and more.
3D assets can be used in many ways. They could be created for a presentation of a new product, architectural designs could be drawn in 3D to show concepts more clearly, 3D illustrations could be created for use in animations and more.
As a package designer, you will be involved in the design and physical construction of packaging for various products.
Marketing graphic designer
You can help marketing teams create a range of different assets, such as posters, infographics, social media graphics, images for blogs, brochures and email marketing templates.
Motion graphic designer
This is an area that has grown substantially recently and involves moving graphics. You could work on various mediums including trailers, tutorial videos, gifs and advertisements.
If you’re interested in working in graphic design, it may help to get some qualifications. Research by Job Outlook shows that 86.9% of graphic designers do have a Certificate III or higher. Open Colleges now offer CUA50715 Diploma of Graphic Design. This is a NEW course that could help set you on the right path to securing a job where your artistic talent is at the forefront.