Graphic arts technicians help conceptualize projects; interpret design specifications or sketches; prepare page mock-ups, layouts and lettering; and prepare production materials for press, electronic or multimedia publishing.
People in this occupation:
Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Source: 2021 Job Bank Wage Report
Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook
10 year expected job openings: 460
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Graphic arts technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
Graphic arts technicians usually work 35–40 hours per week. However, they may have to adjust their work day to suit clients' schedules and deadlines, sometimes meeting with clients in the evening or on weekends.
Graphic arts technicians who work for manufacturing establishments, large corporations or design firms generally work in bright and comfortable settings. Self-employed graphic arts technicians may work from a home office and may travel to meet with clients.
Those who work with computers for extended periods of time are at risk of eye strain, back strain and wrist problems. Correct positioning when using computers for long periods will reduce these risks.
Source: 2016 Census
Graphic arts technicians generally need a college diploma in commercial or graphic arts, computer graphics, animated design or web design. Other requirements may include:
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Recent graduates may find work in a variety of design sectors, such as advertising agencies, communication design firms and newspapers.
Some entry-level graphic arts technicians choose self-employment.
With experience and training, workers in this group may progress to graphic designer positions. With further experience they may progress to management or senior positions such as senior designer, art director or creative director.