Top Design Career Paths in 2017

Embarking on a career in design can be both fulfilling and rewarding, and one that we would recommend to everyone – regardless of your background. The design landscape is vast, and ever-changing, so here are our predictions for the professions that are going to be hotspots of growth in the coming year.


Video Games Designer

Average earnings: £19,000 – £70,000

Qualifications: Many games designers are graduates, and employers also look for experience and a high level of proficiency and knowledge of software rather.

Required skills:

  • High level of IT
  • Animation
  • Mathematics

The world of gaming has grown rapidly over the last twenty or so years, and shows no sign of slowing down. Being a games designer in 2017 means possessing a whole host of skills – from design and animation to complex mathematics. Video games are also taking a step outside of the realm of entertainment, being used to train people in a wide range of professions. The UK is the number one destination for tech talent coming from overseas,  and the increasing use of games means that video game designers are going to be highly sought after in the next year.


Interior Designer

Average earnings: £18,000 – £45,000

Qualifications: A higher education qualification in any art or design related subject.

Required skills:

  • Drawing
  • CAD
  • Organisation
  • Budgeting

This year, the world has gone mad for hygge, and it’s bought interior design to the forefront. While interior design might seem like a frivolous pastime, this is far from the case. Interior designers must draw on number of skills to enhance not only the look of household rooms and commercial spaces but enhance the functionality and safety, too. Interior designers are being taken more seriously, and are set to grow as a profession in 2017.


Web Designer

Average earnings: £18,000 – £45,000

Qualifications: No formal education qualifications are required, but you will need a good knowledge of design and programming tools such as CSS, JavaScript, Dreamweaver and Photoshop.

Required skills:

  • Attention to detail
  • Creative skills
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines

In an online world, a great website is the key to many businesses success. As a result, the web design profession is growing threefold. To be a successful web designer you need to hone a number of skills, and be experienced in all things HTML, programming, and web page coding. According to the latest data from the ONS, there are currently 71,000 web designers in the UK, a significant increase on the previous year, and a figure that is set to grow in the next year.


CAD Technician

Average earnings: £15,000 – £35,000

Qualifications: Qualifications in Maths and Science are a good starting point, along with training in relevant subjects

Required skills:

  • Maths
  • IT
  • Problem solving

CAD technicians work with software to draw up both 2D and 3D images of products. This requires a fair bit of creativity, coupled with high technical knowledge. The increase in demand for CAD technicians is due to the rapid expansion of technology, which is opening doors for all kinds of new and exciting opportunities.

If any of these careers interest you, here at Academy Class we offer first class courses on a range of subjects that will help you get ahead in design. Find out more here.