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These facts are for all Graphic Designers and Illustrators.

Currently your work prospects are rated FAIR because:

Over the last few years, the number of graphic designers and illustrators has grown sharply. Although their numbers increased in almost all the industries in which they work, growth was the strongest in graphic design services, the film and video industries, and in computer systems design. Considering the trends in the industries in which they work, the number of graphic designers and illustrators is expected to increase sharply over the next few years, but at a slower rate than in the past.

Although they are closely related, the occupations of graphic designers and graphic arts technicians (NOC 5223) have very specific features. As the name indicates, graphic designers create graphic designs and sometimes produce them. Graphic arts technicians only have technical training in the use of the main software and only produce designs developed by graphic designers. Designers assess needs with clients, manage budgets, see that deadlines are met and are sometimes responsible for managing project production teams (graphic arts technicians, photographers, programmers, etc.).

The occupation attracts many people and a number of graduates have to start work as freelancers, not always by choice. Experience as a graphic arts technician and sometimes even as a photographer, will be an advantage. Those who stand out most have the most talent, creativity and artistic sense. These qualities can even compensate for a lack of technical or university training for the very talented. A post-secondary education is increasingly important for working in this occupation.

The printing and book, newspaper and magazine publishing industries have undergone large-scale technological changes over the last few years. Document digitization is without a doubt the greatest change. Initially, digitizing documents greatly increased the speed of pre-printing work. For instance, it resulted in the disappearance of almost all typesetters (NOC 1423), who were gradually replaced by publishing agents, graphic arts technicians and graphic designers. Digitization then made it possible to create products that were once impossible to design and to greatly improve the graphic quality of printed products. It thus boosted employment for people in occupations related to graphics, such as graphic arts technicians and graphic designers. The number of graphic designers and illustrators has increased sharply in printing and publishing in the last few years.

Employment in the printing and publishing industries is expected to decrease, but employment in this occupation should be less affected than employment in other occupations in these industries. Consequently, the expectation is that the number of graphic designers and illustrators working in these industries will nevertheless increase slightly in the next few years.

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Job Openings: 46,486

Job prospects for this career are rated Fair

Last Updated: May 10, 2012