Graphic designers and illustrators

Graphic designers and illustrators

NOC
5241

Conceptualize and produce graphic art and visual materials to effectively communicate information for publications, advertising, films, packaging, posters, signs, web sites and more.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

46
 

Median Hourly Wage

$19.23
$14.00
Low
$33.59
High

Median Salary

$35,805
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

620
 

% Working Full Time

86%
 

% Working Full Year

72%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Graphic designers conceptualize and produce graphic art and visual materials to effectively communicate information for publications, advertising, films, packaging, posters, signs and interactive media such as Web sites and CDs. They are employed by advertising and graphic design firms, by establishments with advertising or communications departments and by multimedia production companies, or they may be self-employed. Graphic designers who are also supervisors, project managers or consultants are included in this unit group.

Main Duties

Graphic designers and illustrators perform some or all of the following duties:
Graphic designers

  • Consult with clients to establish the overall look, graphic elements and content of communications materials in order to meet their needs
  • Determine the medium best suited to produce the desired visual effect and the most appropriate vehicle for communication
  • Develop the graphic elements that meet the clients' objectives
  • Prepare sketches, layouts and graphic elements of the subjects to be rendered using traditional tools, multimedia software and image processing, layout and design software
  • Estimate cost of materials and time to complete graphic design
  • Use existing photo and illustration banks and typography guides or hire an illustrator or photographer to produce images that meet clients' communications needs
  • Establish guidelines for illustrators or photographers
  • Co-ordinate all aspects of production for print, audio-visual or electronic materials, such as Web sites, CDs and interactive terminals
  • Co-ordinate sub-contracting
  • Work in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Supervise other graphic designers or graphic arts technicians.

Illustrators

  • Consult with clients to determine the nature and content of illustrations in order to meet their communications needs
  • Develop and produce realistic or representational sketches and final illustrations, by hand or using computer-assisted design (CAD) software, for printed materials such as books, magazines, packaging, greeting cards and stationery
  • Assist in developing storyboards for electronic productions such as multimedia, interactive and digital products and television advertising and productions
  • Produce 2-D and 3-D animated drawings or computer illustrations
  • May adapt existing illustrations.

Illustrators may specialize in a particular field such as illustrations for children, advertising, editorials, humour, or medical, scientific or technical illustration, or multimedia design.

Also Known As

  • 3D animation artist
  • advertising designer
  • animator - animated films
  • bank note designer
  • cartoonist
  • commercial artist
  • graphic artist
  • graphic designer
  • graphic designer - multimedia
  • illustrator
  • layout designer
  • medical illustrator
  • multimedia illustrator
  • scientific illustrator
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • A university degree in visual arts with specialization in graphic design, commercial art, graphic communications or cartooning or Completion of a college diploma program in graphic arts is required.
  • Experience or training in multimedia design at a post-secondary, college or technical institution may be required.
  • In addition to the arts, training in biology, engineering, architecture or a scientific field is usually required for medical, technical and scientific illustrators.
  • Creative ability and artistic talent, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, are required for graphic designers and illustrators.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

53.1%
Female
46.9%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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10.5%
15-24
27.8%
25-34
34.6%
35-44
15.0%
45-54
8.3%
55-64
3.8%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
12.2%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
2.3%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
61.8%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
23.7%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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47.3%
Professional, scientific and technical services
16.8%
Manufacturing
9.2%
Information and cultural industries
26.7%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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6.90%
Northeast
36.60%
Southeast
28.20%
Southwest
19.10%
Central
9.20%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$31,676
Northeast
$38,456
Southeast
$33,658
Southwest
$37,916
Central
$33,833
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available

Southeast

$19.23
$14.00
Low
$33.59
High

Southwest

$19.23
$14.00
Low
$33.59
High

Central

$19.23
$14.00
Low
$33.59
High
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$35,805

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$38,077

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$35,805

Newfoundland

$34,698

Prince Edward Island

$34,324

Nova Scotia

$28,150

Canada

$35,988
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

46
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-9
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

54
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

151
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-36
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

186