Multimedia Artists and Animators – Projected Growth: 14%
Median Salary: $79,000
Job Summary: Multimedia artists and animators work primarily in motion picture and video industries, advertising, and computer systems design services. They draw by hand and use computers to create the series of pictures that form the animated images or special effects seen in movies, television programs, and computer games. Some draw storyboards for television commercials, movies, and animated features.
Education Level: Multimedia artists usually develop their skills through a bachelor’s degree program or other postsecondary training in art or design. Due to the level of technical expertise demanded, multimedia artists and animators generally also need a bachelor’s degree.
Game Designer – Projected Growth: 14%
Median Salary: $71,910
Job Summary: Game designers work to create console, PC, and mobile games on a number of different platforms. Many different positions are available in game design, tailored to a variety of skill sets and experience levels. Level Designers work with tools created by the game company to design and populate levels of a game. Systems Designers write code that governs gameplay. Lead or senior designers manage team members and often maintain design documents that cover everything from the game’s plot and art direction, to the code used to create it. Game design teams also include more traditional positions, such as Art Directors, Software Engineers, and Release Managers.
Education Level: Successful game designers often hold degrees in computer science, 3D Animation or art, depending on their area of expertise.
Art Directors – Projected Growth: 14%
Median Salary: $84,200
Job Summary: Art directors may supervise junior staff or have some decision-making authority. Art directors develop design concepts and review material that is to appear in periodicals, newspapers, and other printed or digital media. They decide how best to present information visually, so that it is eye catching, appealing, and organized. Art directors decide which photographs or artwork to use and oversee the design, layout, and production of material to be published. They may direct workers engaged in artwork, design, layout, and copywriting.
Education Level: Art directors usually have years of work experience and generally need at least a bachelor’s degree Art directors usually begin as entry-level artists in advertising, publishing, design, and motion picture production firms. Artists are promoted to art director after demonstrating artistic and leadership abilities. Some art schools offer coursework in art direction as part of their curricula. Depending on the scope of their responsibilities, some art directors also may pursue a degree in art administration, which teaches non-artistic skills such as project management and finance.
Web Developers – Projected Growth: 21%
Median Salary: $60,000
Job Summary: Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content. Sample of reported job titles: Web Designer, Web Developer, Webmaster
Education Level: Web Design artists usually develop their skills through a bachelor’s degree program or other postsecondary training in art or design. Due to the level of technical expertise demanded, multimedia artists and animators generally also need a bachelor’s degree.
Senior Interior Designer – Projected Growth: 19%
Median Salary: $60,000
Job Summary: A senior interior designer may supervise junior staff or have some decision-making authority. Interior designers draw upon many disciplines to enhance the function, safety, and aesthetics of interior spaces. Their main concerns are with how different colors, textures, furniture, lighting, and space work together to meet the needs of a building’s occupants. Designers plan interior spaces of almost every type of building, including offices, airport terminals, theaters, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals, and private residences. Good design can boost office productivity, increase sales, attract a more affluent clientele, provide a more relaxing hospital stay, or increase a building’s market value.
Education Level: Postsecondary education, especially a bachelor’s degree is recommended for entry-level positions in interior design. Training programs are available from professional design schools or from colleges and universities and usually take 2 to 4 years to complete. Graduates of 2 year or 3 year programs are awarded certificates or associate degrees in interior design and normally qualify as assistants to interior designers upon graduation. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree usually qualify for a formal design apprenticeship program.
Senior Graphic Designer – Projected Growth: 13%
Median Salary: $60,000
Job Summary: Senior graphic designer may supervise junior staff or have some decision-making authority. Graphic designers—or graphic artists—plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communications problems. They find the most effective way to get messages across in print, electronic, and film media using a variety of methods such as color, type, illustration, photography, animation, and various print and layout techniques. Graphic designers develop the overall layout and production design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports, and other publications.
Education Level: A bachelor’s or an associate degree in graphic design is usually required for a job as a graphic designer. Creativity, communication, and problem solving skills and familiarity with computer graphics and design software also are important. Increasingly, employers expect new graphic designers to be familiar with computer graphics and design software. Graphic designers must keep up with new and updated software, on their own or through software training programs.
Film Director – Projected Growth: 11%
Median Salary: $64,430
Job Summary: Film directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They interpret scripts, audition and select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of cast and crew. They approve the design elements of a production, including the sets, costumes, choreography, and music. Assistant directors cue the performers and technicians, telling them when to make entrances or light, sound, or set changes.
Education Level: Directors often start out as actors. Many also have formal training in directing. The Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers jointly sponsor the Assistant Directors Training Program. To be accepted to this highly competitive program, an individual must have either a bachelor’s or associate degree or 2 years of experience and must complete a written exam and other assessments. Program graduates are eligible to become a member of the Directors Guild and typically find employment as a second assistant director.
Fashion Designer – Projected Growth: 4%
Median Salary: $61,160
Job Summary: Fashion designers help create the billions of dresses, suits, shoes, and other clothing and accessories purchased every year by consumers. Designers study fashion trends, sketch designs of clothing and accessories, select colors and fabrics, and oversee the final production of their designs.
Education Level: In fashion design, employers usually seek individuals with a 2 or 4 year degree who are knowledgeable about textiles, fabrics, ornamentation, and fashion trends. Aspiring fashion designers can learn these necessary skills through internships with design or manufacturing firms. Some designers also gain valuable experience working in retail stores, as personal stylists, or as custom tailors. Such experience can help designers gain sales and marketing skills while learning what styles and fabrics look good on different people.