The career path of a graduate with the Associate of Science in Design Studies will depend in large measure on the design discipline transferred into the program. Completing the associates' degree demonstrates to potential employers the graduate's dedication to their own personal and professional development and gives graduates the interpersonal, communication, and critical thinking skills employers value.
Because types of employers vary greatly, work environments vary as well. Most designers employed at mid- to large-size companies or firms work in an office environment. Some offices may be very professional and conservative while others (such as creative firms) may be relaxed and casual. Designers working for smaller companies or as a consultant/freelancer may work irregular hours to accommodate their clients’ schedules and have smaller, more cramped workspaces.
While many in this field work a standard 40-hr work week, some designers working on a contract basis (such as freelancers) must work to please their existing clients while putting in additional hours to find new clients to serve. Those working in the publishing industry may also work nights and weekends to meet deadlines.
Advancement in this field is directly related to both education and experience. Design professionals must stay current with design, communication, and technology trends, and should continually add samples of their best work to their portfolios. In order to advance, professionals may be required to earn a Bachelor's Degree to become eligible for higher-level positions and salaries with some employers. They may also choose to broaden their skills by adding a second specialty area such as marketing, web design, photography or written communication.
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