Graphic Design Jobs Projected to Increase by 13%


Five dead-end jobs

Feeling like you’re in the rut of a dying career? Consider one of these five alternatives that are growing by at least 10 percent between 2010 and 2020.

By Andrea Duchon

Look, we get it. As a kid, no one sets out to get stuck in a dead-end job or envisions themselves slaving away in a career they hate day in and day out. But somewhere along the line, life happens, and we might end up falling into a less than desirable career path.

Fortunately, if you find yourself in a dead-end career, there are alternatives for you to consider that could provide a brighter outlook for your professional life.

“I’ve worked with many people who describe their career path less like a chosen path and more like ‘falling into a career,’ says Wendy Nolin, professional career coach at Change Agent Careers, a career coaching agency in Texas. “And because they’ve ‘fallen’ a few times, they’ve started to believe they can’t get back up. This is just not true!” says Nolin.

Want to find out what bigger and better alternatives exist for you to consider? Keep reading to learn about five jobs that lead to nowhere – and five growing careers that you should pursue.

Dead-End Job #1: 
Desktop Publisher

Desktop publishers saw their career peak in the heyday of newspapers and printed news. But according to the U.S. Department of Labor, their days are numbered due to the rise in digital publications. In fact, the Department of Labor says careers as desktop publishers are projected to decline by 15 percent from 2010 to 2020.

Why Avoid It: “Careers become obsolete as our technologically oriented society continues to improve and evolve at an ever-increasing speed,” Nolin says. “With the advent of streaming and online news reporting, blog feeds, and instantaneous delivery of information via Twitter, texting, etc., this occupation is dying a slow painful death along with the few remaining newspapers in print circulation.”

Alternative Career: 
Graphic Designer

It makes sense that the need for digital design is growing, since everything seems to be going digital these days. Graphic designers are responsible for the look and feel of a visual concept and for creating designs – either by hand or computer software – according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Plus, this career is slated to grow by 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, reports the Department of Labor.

Why It’s A Better Choice: ”This career marries the creative mindset with the mind-blowing sophistication of technology,” says Nolin. “Graphic designers have the ability to work across every industry, organization size, and geographic location. Their services are in demand across the spectrum, allowing for self-employment or traditional employment.”

Education Options: A bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related subject is usually required for graphic designer positions, according the Department. If you have a bachelor’s in another field, the Department says you may pursue “technical training” to meet most hiring qualifications.

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