Creative Art Worker Job Description

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Creative Art Worker Job Description
Creative art workers often use computers to design graphics. (designer place image by araraadt from Fotolia.com)

A creative art worker handles the design of a company’s products and services. He is often referred to as a graphic designer and works in a wide array of industries, from restaurants to newspapers to bottle manufacturers. Some creative art workers specialise in advertising design, while others are employed in fields such as computer or electronic design.

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Basics

Creative art workers either come up with their own designs or try to build a design off an idea generated by a supervisor or paying client. Art workers employed by ad agencies or publications typically meet with customers who are aiming for a certain look for their products or services, then must create the ad based on customers' wishes. Commercial art workers, meanwhile, might come up with the image or wording that’s placed on a bottle of shampoo or box of cereal. Electronic art workers have more of a technical background, designing graphics for television stations and websites. Oftentimes, an art worker’s design must be proofed, tweaked and approved before it is used in distribution.

Skills

A creative art worker must be innovative and possess strong communication skills. She should be organised, motivated and a capable problem solver. She also typically need to have a thorough understanding of computer programs related to graphic design, such as Photoshop or Illustrator. On top of those things, creative art workers need to keep an eye on trends and designs and have an idea of what the competition is doing.

Background

Most companies seek someone with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design when hiring a creative art worker. Occasionally, creative art workers attend technical colleges that specialise in graphics and art. Aspiring creative art workers typically focus on courses in computerised design, website design, printing techniques and commercial graphics production.

Prospects

Jobs for creative art workers were expected to grow 13 per cent from 2008 to 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That is about as fast as average as all other occupations. More than 286,100 workers were employed as art workers/designers in May 2008, the BLS reported. It added that art workers with “website design and animation experience will have the best opportunities.”

Earnings

Creative art workers earned a salary of anywhere from £16,250 to nearly £37,700 per year in February 2010, PayScale.com reported. Those earnings were based on experience, as well as the industry in which the creative art worker was employed. Also, the BLS reported that graphic designers earned a median yearly salary of £27,560 in May 2008.

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