Is your company focusing on creating a consistent, recognizable brand? If they are, you may be recruiting for Graphic Designers. Despite about 29% of graphic designers being self-employed in the US, many companies are looking to bring these positions internal so their branding efforts can be a priority. In August, we saw more than 16,000 jobs advertised online for Graphic Designers in the United States. Although agencies and design services companies have the most demand, hiring by other employers is also growing – possible proof that they are moving these jobs internally. Among some industries with growing demand were manufacturing, retail, and real estate.
Hiring Demand for Graphic Designers – 4 Year Trend of Online Job Ads
Here are the 15 most commonly required skills for Graphic Designers:
- Adobe Photoshop
- Graphical User Interface Design (UI)
- Adobe InDesign
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Website Development
- Microsoft Office
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Adobe Dreamweaver
- Adobe Illustrator
- Time management
- Product development/management
- Motion graphics
As you can see by the above list, these jobs require experience or training in several design programs. Finding a candidate with the right mix of skills may be difficult. Currently, employers across the United States spend an average of 5.2 weeks advertising jobs and sourcing candidates for open Graphic Design positions. However, this is the average and many locations will see more difficulties. Companies in Seattle, Washington and San Francisco, California are currently experiencing some of the most challenging overall recruiting conditions. In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows the locations experiencing the least difficulties recruiting this talent are Springfield, Massachusetts and Louisville, Kentucky. The average duration of a job ad in these locations is 4 weeks, more than one week shorter than the national average.
Hiring Scales for Graphic Designers across the US
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