5 Creative careers in the design field

1. Graphic designer

One of the most in-demand design professionals out there is a graphic designer. These professionals create designs for marketing collateral, product illustrations, brand identities and websites using computer software like the Adobe® Creative Suite. They merge technical skill with artistic ability to create a design that communicates with its desired audience. Graphic designers may work independently as freelancers or contractors, in an in-house setting for a company or in an agency setting.

Skills in demand:

  • Adobe® Creative Suite
  • Typesetting
  • Packaging design

2. User experience (UX) designer

UX designers make websites, mobile applications, software or video games easier to navigate and more intuitive for users to interact with. They study and evaluate how people feel about a particular system and design their product to cater to the needs of the user. They also analyze the specific components of the system such as usefulness, value, credibility and accessibility. For example, a UX designer might work with a retailer to update their product webpages and remove issues like frustrating forms, hard-to-find buttons and visual clutter that can prevent users from making a purchase.

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Skills in demand:

  • Web programming languages (JavaScript, HTML5, CSS)
  • Prototyping
  • UX Wireframes

3. Photographer

Photographers utilize their creativity and composition skills alongside their technical expertise to capture photographs that tell a story or document an event. The majority of today’s photographers work with digital cameras and editing software to capture subjects in commercial-quality images. Some travel to a location to shoot an event or scenery, while others have their own studios for portraits, commercial shoots or artistic work.

Skills in demand:

  • Photography
  • Product sales
  • Adobe® Photoshop®

4. Interior designer

Professionals in this occupation work with interior spaces to improve the safety, functionality and aesthetic appeal of the area. They select color schemes, furniture, flooring, lighting and all other elements of a room or building. Interior designers also sketch their ideas or use design software to communicate their plans with the architects, structural engineers and builders who bring their designs to life.

Skills in demand2:

  • Customer Service
  • Computer Aided Drafting/Design (CAD) Software
  • Sales

5. Multimedia artist & animator

These professionals create animations and special effects for movies, television, video games and other forms of media—both two-dimensional and three-dimensional. They work with teams of animators and artists to bring ideas to life using computer software or by writing their own computer code. Some work in studios or offices, but many are self-employed and work from home.

Skills in demand:

  • Adobe® Photoshop®
  • UX Wireframes
  • Adobe Acrobat