Design

Design is important when building anything and has many meanings in technology. Design focuses on the look and feel of the tech all around us, and can make websites, apps and software user-friendly. Art also plays a large role in design. Many fields within this discipline use a critical eye and art techniques, including graphic design, 3D modeling, animation and computer-aided design or CAD.

What is a Designer?

Everything from your phone, to your car, to this website, had a designer help develop the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX). Without designers, everything would be less pleasing to interact with. Designers can be artists, engineers or anyone who helps develop the overall experience of technology.

 

Careers within the design field are varied and include graphic design, web design, 3D modeling, animation and graphics, CAD and more. Qualities that make a successful designer include creativity, communication skills, visual thinking abilities, a detail-oriented mindset and organization. Designers need to be able to see the bigger picture while noticing small details.

 

If you’re interested in entering a design technology career, know that it can be pretty competitive. Try putting together a “portfolio,” or collection, of your work or assignments in the field. Digital or physical copies of portfolios are common. The field of design, like fashion, is ever-changing. Trends come and go out of style, and designers need to be up-to-date on the latest movements.

 

What doesn’t go out of style, however, are the fundamentals of art. Jobs in design typically require some familiarity with art, including color theory, an understanding of line and shape and more.

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Example Careers

Web Designer

Education Requirements
Associate's degree or bachelor's degree

Average Salary
$51K


Web designers plan, create and code internet sites and web pages, many of which combine text with sounds, pictures, graphics and video clips. A web designer is responsible for creating the design and layout of a website or web pages. Web designers often have a wide range of education, from a bachelor's degrees in web design and development, computer programming or computer science to associate's degrees coupled with years of work experience.

Video Game Designer

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree

Average Salary
$122k, according to ZipRecruiter


Video game designers create the concepts and worlds of video games. They are involved with the design of the genre, environment, story, characters, gameplay system, objectives and user experience of video games. A game designer is the creative force behind the development of a video game. They typically have a bachelor's degree in game design, computer engineering, or computer science.

Graphic Designer

Education Requirements
Typically, this occupation requires a bachelor's degree

Average Salary
$45k according to ZipRecruiter


A graphic designer, or graphic artist, is responsible for creating aesthetically pleasing images that accompany written text. Their duties include meeting with clients to establish their needs, using design software to complete projects and revising projects based on client feedback. Graphic designers usually need a bachelors degree in graphic design or a related field.

Interior Designer

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree and additional training

Average Salary
$47k according to ZipRecruiter


Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations, as well as universal accessibility standards. A bachelor's degree is usually required in order to become an interior designer, as are classes in interior design, drawing, and computer-aided design (CAD).

Industrial Designer

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree

Average Salary
$58k according to ZipRecruiter


Industrial designers develop the concepts for manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and toys. They combine art, business, and engineering to make products that people use everyday. A bachelor's degree in industrial design, architecture, or engineering is usually required for entry-level industrial design jobs.

Architect

Education Requirements
Bachelor's or master degree, internship and field work

Average Salary
$78k according to ZipRecruiter


An architect is a skilled professional who plans and designs buildings and generally plays a key role in their construction. Architects are highly trained in the art and science of building designs. Since they bear responsibility for the safety of their buildings' occupants, architects must be professionally licensed. To become an architect, you need to complete a bachelor's or master's degree program in architecture. Then, an internship and ultimately licensure is required to work in any state. Architects who want to consult or work in academia will need a doctorate in the field.

Carpenter

Education Requirements
High school diploma or equivalent

Average Salary
$40K according to ZipRecruiter


Carpenters are skilled artisans who construct, erect, install and renovate structures made of wood and other materials, ranging from kitchen cabinets to building frameworks. They work in various areas of construction. A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required to enter the occupation. Certain high school courses, such as mathematics and mechanical drawing, may be useful. Some vocational-technical schools offer associate's degrees in carpentry.

Career salary data provided by: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook handbook and O*NET OnLine.

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