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Hi there, I am popping in from the Jan PR and photography room!! I have become really really interested in Photoshop, (I have always loved computers) And I am currently in school to change careers!! I am just doing some pre reqs right now.
I was wondering if you could inform me of careers in web design/graphic design, and average salary (I know this could be a wide open question ) But I thought if anyone would know it would be you ladies!!
Are any of you doing this in a career, or just for fun?? And do you like it??
I am in Omaha, Ne and I am a graphic designer, not a web designer. It is not tough to find a job in GD here, but its hard to find a GOOD job. My advice would be to make sure you know print and web design...most places now want someone who can do both. As far as salary goes, i work for a printing and mailing company and i have about 6 years experience and I am making less than 30K per year. Thats pretty good too for this area...unless you get in with an ad agency, which is very hard to do here. Designers dont make a whole bunch in the midwest...
These guys have alot of great resources and they make an annual salary guide for you to go by.
As far as the job goes, I like designing, but when you do it for a living you have to come to accept the fact that you arent always using your creative abilities...most of the time you are only as good as your client will let you be. Sometimes you dont get to do things the way you want and you have to try to make the best out of what someone else wants you to do. Theres alot of troubleshooting involved...but all in all I would say that I wouldnt choose to do anything else. Great gratification comes when you design something really sweet that you can keep in your portfolio or when a client is super happy with what you have given them.
On a side note, I started out working at a newspaper...and it was the best thing for me. It teaches you how to get things done FAST and on deadlines. Future employers LOVE this because you wont be dragging the process down and you will be way more productive. Plus, you will learn how to not make very many mistakes...
Good luck and I'm a design veteran so feel free to ask more questions!
Thank you mrs. LMB!! I think I just need to go talk to a career advisor!! I get so confused with what to do!! I just love computers, photography and photoshop and thought I may do well to persue a career that involves some of those things..
thank you for all the great advice and information!