Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: Low (remote)/Medium(client contact)/High (team member)

What’s What: Though print media may be on the wane, the explosion of digital media means a person with talent and skill in graphic design has many flexible options.

Amava Take: Want to use your analytical skills and creative visual talent? In this digital world, graphic design is part of pretty much every endeavor. There’s really no such thing as communicating a message without it, and people with vision and experience are always needed to make it happen. Whether you want to work freelance, part-time or more, there’s work out there. You can engage with varied clients or join a team that’s doing something that speaks to you. Either way, lending your creativity to something can make the world more beautiful.

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

Creative, responsible and organized people who are great listeners.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Before you flood your client with your big ideas, get a feel for graphics that they think are effective.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Can vary greatly depending upon whether you work in-house or freelance.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Connecting with a client and producing something that we are both proud to put out.

How would you describe the hard parts?

At times, working with someone who does not think visually can be a challenge, but challenges are growth opportunities.

What kinds of gigs spark your creativity?

I love logos and infographics! Anything where a visual element can take the place of a lot of words!

Special Requirements: There are undergraduate and master’s programs in graphic design all over the country. Some employers will want the degrees, but others will be focus more on experience and an impressive portfolio. Knowing how to use the right software is key. Here’s an overview regarding training and other information about graphic design careers.

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Finding a Position: Job boards are an excellent way to learn about available positions and there are quite a few that are tailored to the field such as Coroflot and Talent Zoo.  Another thing to try is crowdsourcing for graphic design gigs.