Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • Ability to communicate emotions and ideas creatively
  • Ability to work in groups/independently
  • Proficiency for accuracy and detail
  • Ability to accept/give criticism
  • Aesthetic judgment and sensitivity
  • Ability to make keen observations and appropriate decisions
  • Quickly learns and utilizes new technologies

CAREER TITLES

  • Animator
  • Art Director
  • Book Designer
  • Brand Identity Developer
  • Corporate Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Designer for Public Relations/Marketing Firm
  • Director of Advertising 
  • Graphic Designer  
  • Graphic Systems Manager
  • Layout Artist
  • Magazine Designer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Production Artist
  • Professor
  • Staff Designer
  • Television Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE 

  • For Profit  Corporations
  • Television/radio/film
  • Colleges/universities/schools
  • Hospitality/Travel
  • Marketing/Advertising Firms
  • Media Organizations
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Publishing
  • Technology
  • Museums/Cultural Institutions

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.aiga.org/content.cfm/jobs-and-community - The professional association for design
www.aiga.org/guide-careerguide - AIGA Career and Education Guide
www.allgraphicdesign.com - Social Networking/Community site for graphic designers, web designers, desktop publishers, and graphic design students
www.graphicartistsguild.org - Graphic Artists Guild
www.segd.org - Society for Environmental Graphic Design
www.spd.org - Society of Publication Designers
www.youthedesigner.com - Graphic Design Blog - tips, tutorials, etc.
www.selfemploymentinthearts.com/#!speakers/cfvg- Self Employment in the Arts
www.gamediscovery.com/game-design/game-jobs.asp  - Descriptions of specific game design jobs
www.gamecareerguide.com -  Entry-level video game design information, career information, industry news, and more
www.bls.gov/ooh - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information

JOB SEARCH LINKS

Career Development Center - Access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
designjobs.aiga.org - AIGA Design Jobs
www.creativehotlist.com - Site for the professional creative marketplace
www.mediabistro.com - Career and community for media professionals
authenticjobs.com - Job board for designers, hackers and creative pros
www.behance.net/joblist - Creative jobs and freelance opportunities
www.krop.com - Design jobs - creative and tech
designobserver.com/jobs/ - Design jobs
www.idealist.org -Non-profit and arts internships and jobs
jobs.awn.com - Jobs posted through the Animation World Network
www.coroflot.com - Design jobs
www.toyindustryjobs.com  Search for jobs; find links to other important sources
www.gamasutra.com/jobs/  - The Art and Business of Making Games, job listings by company or field
www.wwar.com - Arts employment

Additional Resources Available at the CDC