The Future is Digital Media

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Graphic Design Jobs on the Rise

A May article by Wanted Analytics reported an 11% growth in this year’s hiring demand for graphic designers. With the steady increase of Internet users and over 50% of people constantly using their phone to surf the web, this statistic is not all that surprising. Successful companies all over the world are in a race to compete with each other, through web sites, social media, and online marketing. In order to do this, businesses need to employ talented digital media professionals to keep the ever-changing graphics new and fresh. Because of this, artists can now find positions in a variety of industries, such as magazines, advertising agencies or decorating firms. Often large companies will even have in-house teams that employ their own graphic designer to have on call for various design projects.

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The Wanted Analytics study also noted 6,000 job posts for graphic designers over a two-month span, with a concentration of the listings in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. This is good news for students at Los Angeles ORT College who are enrolled, or looking to enroll, in the Digital Media program. Graphic design can be a competitive field but opportunities often present themselves to those with a solid educational foundation. The ORT program covers everything from logo to web design/animation, thoroughly preparing students for this growing field. Students, who are looking to hone their skills in a certain area of graphic design, may want to consider multimedia art or animation. It has been projected that by the year 2016, this particular niche of the industry will increase by 26%.

No matter what aspect of Digital Media one decides to pursue, it is likely that the demand for talent will continue to increase. Internet Marketing and Social Media show no signs of slowing down and therefore will be in constant need of graphic designers.

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.