Career Opportunities

There are many jobs available for graduates of our program in advertising agencies, commercial printing companies, quick-print shops, publishing companies, newspapers, sign companies, companies with in-house graphics departments and more. Here's some of the available jobs:

Authors/Programmers
Use authoring software to create the project structure and place the content into that structure. Beneficial skills and traits for incoming students include good communication skills: oral and written, good mathematical skills, ability to work with others, attention to detail, artistic ability is a plus, but not necessary, adaptable and willing and able to learn.
 
CD-ROM Development
Organizations use a variety of components (including computer hardware and software as well as media equipment) to capture and convert text, graphics, video, animation, and sound into an electronic presentation that can be distributed via CD-ROM. This requires a range of employees with a variety of skill sets capable of supporting such an effort. Beneficial skills and traits for incoming students include good communication skills: oral and written, good mathematical skills, ability to work with others, attention to detail, artistic ability is a plus, but not necessary, adaptable and willing and able to learn.
 
Customer Service Representative
Acts as the contact point between the company and the client. Tracks and schedules the client’s job as it progresses through the various stages of production to final delivery on schedule. Beneficial skills and traits for incoming students include good communication skills: oral and written (especially on the telephone), basic mathematical skills, attention to detail, able to deal courteously with people and work with others, adaptable and willing and able to learn.
 
Graphic Designer/Desktop Publisher
Uses creativity and artistic ability to translate client’s ideas into finished artwork that can be printed. Using computer software, designers format and combine text, numerical data, photographs, charts and other visual graphic elements to produce publication-ready material. Depending on the nature of the particular project, graphic designers may write and edit text, create graphics to accompany text, convert photographs and drawings into digital images and then manipulate those images, design page layouts, create proposals, develop presentations and advertising campaigns, typeset and do color separations, and translate electronic information onto file or other traditional forms. Materials produced by graphic designers include books, business cards, calendars, magazines, newsletters and newspapers, packaging, slides, and tickets. (Ability to draw is NOT required.) Beneficial skills and traits for incoming students include good communication skills: oral and written, basic mathematical skills, attention to detail, ability to work well with others, artistic ability is a plus, but not necessary, adaptable and willing and able to learn.
 
Electronic Pre-press Technician
Prepares electronic files for film output to be used in printing. Scan photos and images into digital files, assembles individual pages of electronic files into one single file, and repairs incorrectly prepared electronic files before outputting to film or printing plate for final printing. Beneficial skills and traits for incoming students include communication skills: oral and written, basic mathematical skills, attention to detail, able to deal courteously with people and work with others, adaptable and willing and able to learn.
 
Information Designer
Prepares multi-media presentations typically used when making presentations, such as, new products, services, software applications, and training materials. Beneficial skills and traits for incoming students include good communication skills: oral and written, basic mathematical skills, attention to detail, able to deal courteously with people and work with others, artistic ability is a plus, but not necessary, adaptable and willing and able to learn.
 
On-Demand Printing Specialist
Uses high-speed laser technology to produce thousands of customized documents per hour for individual clients. Beneficial skills and traits for incoming students include mechanical aptitude, basic oral and writing skills, basic mathematical skills, and attention to detail.
 
Photographer
Photographers produce and preserve images that paint a picture, tell a story, or record an event. To create commercial quality photographs, photographers need both technical expertise and creativity. Producing a successful picture requires choosing and presenting a subject to achieve a particular effect and selecting the appropriate equipment. Beneficial skills and traits for incoming students include good communication skills: oral and written, attention to detail, able to deal courteously with people and work with others.Note: Photography courses are accepted as elective courses in our program and provide a good introduction to the field. Students wanting to pursue a career, as a Photographer may want to consider transferring for advanced training upon completion of their degree program.
 
Pre-flight Technician
Examine and edit the work of desktop publishers. They ensure that the design, format, settings, quality and all other aspects of the automated desktop work are acceptable, and the finished product is completed according to the client’s specifications before it is delivered. Beneficial skills and traits for incoming students include good communication skills: oral and written, basic mathematical skills, attention to detail, able to deal courteously with people and work with others, adaptable and willing and able to learn.
 
Sales Representative (Industry Related)
Serves as the link between the client and the company, relaying the customer’s ideas, needs and deadlines. A trusted advisor to the customer must be able to provide the greatest product or service for the customer’s investment. Beneficial skills and traits for incoming students include good communication skills (oral and written), self-starter, ambitious, ability to deal courteously with people and work with others, highly organized and able to project a professional image.
 
Webpage Designer
Uses creativity and artistic ability to translate text, graphics, video, animation, and sound into a coded format that can be quickly delivered on-line for others to access by computer on the Internet. Depending on the nature of the particular project, designers may write and edit text, create graphics to accompany text, convert photographs and drawings into digital images and then manipulate those images, design page layouts, create proposals, develop presentations and advertising campaigns. Web Pages produced meet both the real world needs of online communication while meeting common industry standards. Beneficial skills and traits for incoming students include good communication skills: oral and written, good mathematical skills, ability to work with others, attention to detail, artistic ability is a plus, but not necessary, adaptable and willing and able to learn.