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Hottest Design Careers in the Industry

Read on to discover some of the latest career trends for designers today.
Carol Evenson
The wonderful world of design is vast and ever-expanding. As creativity and technology continue to clash, there are more and more job opportunities available for all kinds of designers. More and more employers are seeing the benefits of design-driven business so more and more designers are being hired in a variety of industries.

User Experience Designer

User Experience (UX) designers are in high demand for a variety of companies . Up to 87 percent of hiring managers say hiring a UX designer is a top priority for their company. As a UX designer, your focus would be on enhancing the customers' satisfaction with your client’s product. This product can be a website, an app, or even a physical device.
Whatever the product, your job would be to design it to be as user-friendly as possible. Day-to-day duties of a UX designer include user research and testing, sketching wireframes, and creating prototypes. The average salary of a UX designer is around $96,000 per year.
Some UX designers have degree in design but attending a UX bootcamp is another quick way to gain valid credentials. Don’t have experience in design? Don’t worry, this career requires a diverse skillset and people with a variety of professional backgrounds can make great UX designers.

Video Game Designer

If you’re an avid gamer with a creative skill set, becoming a video game designer could be an excellent career path for you. Video game designers are in charge of thinking of video game concepts and bringing those concepts to life.
The plot, characters, and creation of the user interface is all up to you, making this a great profession for visual designers, writers and storytellers, and coders or programmers. Most game designer positions require a Bachelor’s degree in computer science or something similar, as well as creativity and problem-solving skills.
However, it is the fourth highest-paid career in design industry so time and money spent on training can be well worth the effort. A video game designer can expect to make an average of $86,510 a year for their creations.

Exhibit Designer

Ever wondered who designs displays at museums, exhibits, trade shows, and conferences? Exhibit designers are the creative geniuses behind these visual masterpieces. Often these designers create their vision using computer-based design tools as well as take part in the physical creation of the displays- a great option for designers who love to be hands-on.
Professionals in this field must be able to work with spatial limitations, communicate efficiently with design teams, have solid drawing skills, and have some knowledge of 3D or interior design. While this is a lesser-known career in the design industry, you can be sure to still earn a good wage as the average salary of exhibit designers is around $57,600.

Multimedia Art and Animation

Multimedia art and animation is a design career that can have you working in a number of different industries and earning an average of $63,800 a year. Responsible for creating visual effects in 3D or computer animation, multimedia artists and animators are needed in advertising, TV and film, PR, and the video game industry.
Depending on the career path you take, a regular workday for these artists and animators consists of creating drawings and computer graphics, developing storyboards, and designing 3-D figures and characters. Public speaking and presentation skills are needed to effectively present ideas and creations to your stakeholders.
Degrees in 3D animation and computer graphics are highly regarded when it comes to landing a job in this but having some multimedia art skills may be enough to get your foot in the door.
Whether you are an experienced designer looking to change specialties or a novice looking to enter the field, there are a number of diverse opportunities to choose from.