Technology companies often employ graphic designers to create the graphical interface for websites, applications, and other related materials. These positions can be part of a UX/UI role in a company, or they might be labeled under Art or Graphic Design. These roles are often not technical, and familiarity with Adobe InDesign/Illustrator is generally required.
There are so many great environments in which you can build a career, and use your creative abilities in design. Make sure you take advantage of opportunities to work on real design projects for your courses, campus groups and organizations to help build your portfolio. At some point building a portfolio and setting up a website where people can see your work will be critical to advancing your career.
From the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor:
- 2016 Median Salary: $47,640
Do your research to get a better sense of what specific companies in particular cities are paying entry-level designers. Check out Glassdoor and Salary.com to get an idea. Also, a cost of living calculator can be very useful when trying to compare salaries in different parts of the country.
- The Graphic Artists Guild
- American Institute of Graphic Arts
- Free Lancers Union
- International Council of Graphic Design Associations
- Society for News Design
- The Society of Illustrators
- designboom: Founded in 1999, designboom is the world’s first and most popular digital architecture and design magazine.
- Coroflot: Coroflot’s job board is the largest and most active site on the internet specifically targeted at hiring designers and other creative professionals. Coroflot was started by designers, and is still run by designers. Job areas listed include; 3-D Modeling and CAD, Advertising, Architecture, Design Education, Design Management, Exhibit Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, Product Development, Research & Strategy Sales & Marketing Web Design.
- Communications Arts: Communication Arts is the premier source of inspiration for graphic designers, art directors, design firms, corporate design departments, advertising agencies, interactive designers, illustrators and photographers—everyone involved in visual communication. Whether in print or online, CA’s editorials, feature articles and the annual competitions it sponsors provide new ideas and information, while promoting the highest professional standards for the field. CA also has a strong Creative Jobs section that allows you to search for jobs by state and zip code.
- Creative Hotlist: Creative Hotlist is an online site for connecting talent, companies and services. They have a sophisticated search engine that enables users to find individuals, companies and resources for any aspect of the creative marketplace including job openings, creative services, artists, designers and programmers.
- American Institute of Graphic Artists: AIGA, the professional association for design, stimulates thinking about design, demonstrates the value of design and empowers the success of designers at each stage of their careers. AIGA’s mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force.
- New York Women in Communications: New York Women in Communications empowers women in all communications disciplines to reach their full potential by promoting their professional growth and inspiring them to achieve and share their successes in the rapidly changing world of communications. Their purpose is to strengthen the role of women in all communications professions. This site is a great source of internships in Advertising, Multimedia, Books, Newspapers, Corporate Communications, Photography, Film/TV Public Relations, Fund-Raising/Development, Radio, Graphics/Illustration, Sales/Marketing, Internet/New Media Special Events and Magazines/Publishing.