Career Preparation for the Next Decade
Aspiring artists hoping to find jobs in desktop publishing must not rely on the old status quo of learning on the job. While the BLS is correct in stating that there is really no prescribed course of study or educational path, the career-minded professional knows that in addition to out-thinking and out-creating the competition, doors for interviews will only open with a solid educational background -- this means a college degree -- and impressive portfolio.
Thus, the professional must choose degree programs -- or certificate courses for the advancement of a stagnating career -- with great care. Optional fields include communications, graphic design, and fine arts with a minor in graphic art; another option is a degree program in web design. The courses of study must feature a solid mix of desktop publishing, computing and visual design elements. Examples of courses include:
- 2-D/3-D Design basics
- Digital illustrating/imaging
- Typography and printing
- Website design
- Psychology (as it pertains to colors, art and design)
In addition, the professional who is serious about staying up to date on industry developments must commit to seek out training in the latest software applications and printing fads. It is vital to learn -- hands-on -- about the uses of PagePlus, Print Artist, Print Shop Professional, Microsoft Publisher, Print Master, Print Shop Deluxe, Print Workshop and also Design & Print. Even if the professional eventually decides that these software suites are not worth the trouble, knowing their idiosyncrasies is a must when hoping to adequately carry on a conversation in a job interview.