Top 10 In-Demand Art Jobs and Design Careers

7 Top 10 In-Demand Art Jobs and Design Careers

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As a creative, visualizing color combinations, textures and overall design appeals and energizes you. Many artists think opportunities to express themselves creatively can only be fulfilled through side projects during their personal time rather than full time work. So, a choice must be made.

Or, is this an accurate narrative for artists and designers in the world today? What if the opposite is true, and the most available, lucrative work on the market fits the talent and skills of artists and designers?

The Stage in the UK says jobs in creative industries increased by 30% worldwide between 2011 and 2018, and in the UK alone now accounts for 6% of all jobs.

These top 10 career options will help you visualize which type of creative work you want and the skills you need for it, and how to prepare your portfolio.

Top 5 Available Jobs in Art

#1 Film and Video Editor

Video editors create a finished broadcast from pre-recorded material through technical software. The editing process includes cutting the film into frames, assembling segments into a logical sequence, experimenting and synchronizing sound with visual motions, and fine-tuning it to the final product outlined with the producer. 

Job openings could be videos for advertising, feature films, music videos, corporate training, TV programs. Many are freelancers who find work at various broadcasting or advertising companies.

Industry skills:

– software editing (Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro)

– post-production audio (Adobe Premiere Pro)

– visual effects (Adobe Aftereffects)

#2 Video Producers

 

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Video producers manage pre-production, production and post-production. They will plan budgets, hire talent, schedule shoots and equipment rental, write scripts, and create overall visual and audio content.

Creative agencies and corporate design departments are looking to hire video producers especially with how much video content people are consuming online.

Industry skills:

– Storyboarding, scriptwriting

– Filming with a professional camera in HD/SD formats

– Digital editing (Avid, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro)

– Visual effects and post-production audio

#3 Animators

These people create 2D or 3D animations for commercials and websites or special effects for movies, TV and video games. Animators blend a variety of styles and objects such as hand drawing or digitally making frames, using photographs or clays. Some work with teams or alone as a freelancer.

Industry skills:

– UX Wireframes

– Adobe Acrobat

– Graphic design skills (Adobe Creative Suite)

– Motion graphics (Adobe Aftereffects)

– Prototyping

#4 Writers and Authors

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There is high demand for creative writers (screenwriters, video game writers and novelist), copywriters, technical writers and PR content specialists. It’s important to know how to write informative, captivating and promotional material that upholds a company’s reputation.

Most creative writers work as freelancers on a project basis writing articles, ebooks, stories and other informational documents.

Industry skills:

– Fluency in multiple languages

– SEO writing

– Research and communication

#5 Illustrators

These artists draw images to enhance ideas, stories and concepts. Traditionally, illustrations could include pictures for books, manuals, medical publications, or sketches for police and courts. Today, illustrators are also creating cartoons and storytelling images for businesses or events by using digital illustration software.

Most illustrators work on a freelance basis, and some with design agencies.

Industry skills:

– Visual storytelling techniques

– Drawing

– Digital drawing (Adobe Creative Suite, FreeHand, or other softwares).

5 Design Careers in High Demand

#1 Video Game Designer

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Video game designers create new worlds, develop storylines, determine rules, and choose the look for each scene and character. It requires attention to detail and some knowledge of programming. It is essential to remain updated on current gaming trends and designs in the industry.

Understand the game design learning process to help your expectations and plans toward working for a corporation or agency.

Industry skills:

– Video and image editing (Adobe Creative suite)

– Object oriented programming languages (C++, Python and C#)

– Scripting

– Computer animation (Adobe Aftereffects, Creative  Suite)

– Operating current various game consoles 

– completion of Game design courses

#2 Industrial Designer

Video game designers create new worlds, develop storylines, determine rules, and choose the look for each scene and character. It requires attention to detail and some knowledge of programming. It is essential to remain updated on current gaming trends and designs in the industry.

Understand the game design learning process to help your expectations and plans toward working for a corporation or agency.

Industry skills:

– Video and image editing (Adobe Creative suite)

– Object-oriented programming languages (C++, Python and C#)

– Scripting

– Computer animation (Adobe Aftereffects, Creative  Suite)

– Operating current various game consoles 

– completion of Game design courses

Industrial designers create and develop manufactured products – appliances, toys, furniture and cars. They analyze the product use and production cost, research the market, create sketches, digitally design 2D, 3D models and build prototypes.

A degree in industrial design is usually required by companies.

Industry skills:

– Solidworks & Keyshot (create cut files and control drawings)

– 3D prototypes (Rhinoceros or 3D Max Built)

– Product presentations and branding (Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator)

– Knowledge of a variety of materials (polymers, wood, metals)

– Understand the market product research process

#3 Fashion Designer

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Professionals in fashion are dedicated to emerging trends and styles in clothing and accessories. They sketch concepts, determine appropriate colors, patterns and textures for the intended materials of the product, and finalize samples with printing or sewing.

Most designers start in design school and work as interns.

Industry skills:

– Drawing sketches

– Pattern cutting and sewing techniques

– Digital drawing tools (Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, C-DESIGN Fashion, or Wild Ginger Cameo)

– Optional 3D printing

#4 Graphic Designer

The most well known of creative jobs. This is for those who want to create designs for product illustrations, brand logos and marketing materials (digital and print). Since this is highly competitive, graphic designers must become experts at communicating ideas and stories through visual media.

Most agencies or high paying corporations require at least 3 years of experience. Many work as freelancers to get started.

Industry skills:

– Typography

– Branding

– Print design

– Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, CS

– Photography and Adobe Photoshop

– Web design

#5 UX Designer

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User experience designers develop navigation and intuitive systems for products, websites, apps, video games, and software. They evaluate how people respond, and design the visual layout to improve user interaction and purchases. UX designers need technical web development skills along with creativity.

UX designers are expected to remain updated on current psychological trends and software trends.

Industry skills:

– Code languages (Java, CSS, HTML5)

– Hi-Fi and Lo-Fi Wireframes

– Prototype and Testing

– Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat or other similar software

The key question now is on what kind of art or design do you want to pursue?

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