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What does a Computer Designer do?

A computer designer is someone who works with graphics and design via computer programs for drafting, computer aided design (CAD) or other drawing and design software products. They create a variety of multi-media products for clients such as technical drawings, blueprints, layout and design of publications, etc.

Computer Designer Skills

A computer designer uses a mix of images, text and drawings to communicate and provide products and services that help their clients to produce ads, movies, billboards, or even to design huge skyscrapers or military hardware and machines.

Computer designers must use their artistic abilities to translate the needs of their clients into images that reflect the products they produce. For instance, sometimes the work of a designer is very complicated and requires them to understand not only graphic arts, but also aspects of engineering and mathematics. A computer designer must be able to visualize in their minds the completed project and then use their skills to translate that into reality in their designs.

Educational Requirements

A computer designer typically needs to have a bachelor's degree, but some types of entry-level computer designer jobs will hire those with an associate's degree if they have a good portfolio of previous work. A designer must be able to understand and work with a selection of design elements to create products like brochures, blueprints, magazine layout and designs, and website designs. It depends on the computer designer's chosen niche as to which skills to focus on. For instance, if they do the designs for a publication, they must be able to work with images, text, and graphics and determine how to place these alongside the writer's text articles.

Job Outlook

Around 24 percent of computer designers are self-employed and work as contractors. The number of computer designer jobs is expected to grow about seven percent between now and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor. This is dependent upon the niche chosen by a computer designer, as employment in graphic design work like books and periodicals is expected decrease, while jobs in the field of computer design for websites, Internet devices, and electronic media is poised to grow.

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