Designer Career Path

The latest Designer Salary Case Study from PayScale shows what a Designer might expect to earn in the U.K. in 2015. The article provides a great number of stats providing insights into not just wages but also job satisfaction and, what peaked our curiosity, the very different career paths that designers might take even though they would typically start with similar skill-sets.

According to PayScale, the most popular skills for a Graphic Designer are Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and the overall concept of ‘branding’. The highest paying skills associated with the title are HTML and Photography. Below we have a look at how people might shift over a 20 year period within the industry.

Graphic Designer Career Path:

Web Designer Career Path:

Within the all-encompassing sphere of ‘Design’, Web Designers usually move to, well, Web Development and programming. Amongst the most popular skills for Web Developers are Web Design, html, CSS, Adobe Photoshop and Web Development languages.

Common Career Paths - Web Designer

According to PayScale, Web Developers move on to other positions after 10 years in this field. A skill in languages such as ASP. NET is associated with high pay. A Web Developer carrier path is represented below.

Common Career Paths for Web Developer:

Common Career Paths - Web Developer

It’s very interesting to see how someone can go from being a ‘simple’ Web Designer (usually starting off with creating layouts in Photoshop or InDesign) and then transition into being a full-blown .NET developer.

Have you had any similar career shifts? We would like to hear your story in the comments section below.

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