We've noticed the volume of online job ads for graphic designers increasing over the past several months. So, we thought we would take a look at the skills most often required in these jobs.
First though, we'll look at overall hiring: In the past 60 days, more than 6,000 jobs were posted online for graphics designers, representing an 11% year-over-year growth in hiring demand. Recruiters posted the most ads for jobs located in the New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco metro areas.
Hiring Demand for Graphics Designers – 4 Year Hiring Trend
With the increase in hiring demand for graphics designers, it isn't necessarily surprising that these jobs are likely to be moderately hard-to-fill, especially in locations with higher-than-average demand. According to our Hiring Scale™, employers in San Francisco are likely to experience difficulties when sourcing candidates for these openings. Recruiters in this area spend just under 6 weeks sourcing for enough candidates. In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows that one of the locations that are likely to find graphics designer jobs easy to fill is in Wichita, Kansas. Here, there is less demand with only 4 employers currently sourcing for talent. Coupled with a sizable talent pool, job ads for graphics designers in this area stay online for just 28 days – or about 4 weeks – making this one of the best places to source candidates from. Recruiters that are struggling to fill graphics designer jobs may want to consider sourcing talent from an area like Wichita, since there are more candidates and less competition to source this talent.
Hiring Scale for Graphics Designers in San Francisco, California
Hiring Scale for Graphics Designers in Wichita, Kansas
So, what skills are required of graphics designers? The 20 most commonly required tools that designers should have knowledge or experience with are listed below. As an employer, you should make sure that you are sourcing for the best talent – and that includes making sure that they can work with the most current, up-to-date technologies in this field.
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe InDesign
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft Office
- Adobe Dreamweaver
- Adobe Illustrator
- Motion graphics
- Microsoft Word
- User interface design
- Desktop publishing
- Apple Macintosh OS
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Adobe Acrobat
- Adobe Flash
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