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Careers: Computer Graphic Designer

Overview

Computer graphic designers are responsible for creating the visual representation of their client or employer’s concept or brand in printed material, multimedia and online. Training in this field can lead to work in a variety of environments such as multimedia companies, design firms, film and TV production companies, and advertising and marketing organizations. Computer graphic designers utilize design fundamentals, a knowledge of lettering, typography, layout and colours, in addition to experience with programs such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Job titles in this field include cybergraphic designer, web designer, layout designer, and graphic artist.

Computer Graphic Designer Job Description

While specific duties vary depending on the occupational environment, most computer graphic designers will need to be comfortable performing in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. General responsibilities include:

• Consultation with clients to establish the overall look of the project
• Use of existing image banks
• Selecting the best medium for the desired effect of the project
• Multidisciplinary teamwork
• Preparation of sketches
• Establishment of guidelines
• Use of graphic design programs such as Photoshop
• Hiring illustrators and photographers
• Cost and completion time estimation

Computer Graphic Designer Projected Demand

Demand for computer graphic designers has been sharply increasing in recent years and that trend is expected to continue. The significant increase in entry level positions is due in large part to new jobs in the field being created, as more and more companies shift their focus to digital products and online communications. The average salary for a computer graphic designer in Canada is $40,165 annually.