Art meets business in related disciplines design graphic and multimedia. Graphic design is the largest field, employing 200,870 designers working in print, broadcast, electronic media and the environment, from May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the US .. Designers multimedia is a subset of them. Create images and interactive animation for electronic media, video games and motion pictures, with 28,800 people employed in this sector since May 2009, according to the BLS.
Graphic designers use elements of typography, color, texture, illustration and photography to create visual messages. They have the task of solving the problems of visual communication on behalf of their employers or clients to enhance their image and improve results. Graphic designers create visual communication for magazines, newspapers, small businesses, corporations and institutions such as hospitals and universities. Employment is expected to grow by 13 percent in the sector between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Multimedia design has come on its own in recent years with the explosion of Internet, video games and other electronic media. Multimedia designers create animation, special effects and interactive media for movies, video games, web-sites, videos, mobile and commercial technologies. Job opportunities for multimedia designers will increase along with consumer demand for television special effects, video games and realistic 3D animated films. It is expected that employment in the field to increase by 14 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the BLS.
Training and software
For most jobs in the field of graphic design, a bachelor’s degree is required. Graphic designers usually show a portfolio of their best work to potential employers, and must demonstrate expertise in specialized software like InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Multimedia designers must also be prepared to show examples of their work in this very competitive field. Designers dominate the specialized multimedia software like Flash, Dreamweaver and Autodesk Maya.
The average annual salary for graphic designers was US $ 47,820 as of May 2009, according to the BLS. Multimedia designers won the highest average rate of US $ 62,810 per year, according to figures from May 2009. Both disciplines are variations in wages according to industry and geographic location. The maximum compensation for graphic design industry was the federal executive branch, to US $ 74,030, and the highest paying metropolitan area was San Francisco, California to US $ 74,660. For multimedia designers, highest paying industry was among the technical and business schools, to US $ 72,830, while the highest paying metropolitan area was San Jose-Sunnyvale, California, to US $ 83,610.