These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Graphic Designers

We used our database of over 7 million resumes to determine which careers former graphic designers are entering now.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarFormer Jobs, Rankings - 5 months ago

It’s tough to be a graphic designer nowadays, and more and more of them are losing confidence in their own profession.

While the amount of people majoring in courses preparing people for a job as a graphic designer isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become graphic designers in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many graphic designers no longer sticking around, this begs the question:

What are they all doing now?

We were curious, so we looked through the resumes of former graphic designers to see what kind of jobs they were moving into after leaving the field. There were thousands of answers, so we made the cutoff at the top 100 jobs.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten most common jobs for former graphic designers:

  1. Art Director
  2. Senior Graphic Designer
  3. Creative Director
  4. Web Designer
  5. Freelance Designer
  6. Graphic Artist
  7. Production Artist
  8. Graphic Designer Internship
  9. Sales Associate
  10. Graphic Designer/Production

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a graphic designer would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — as a list, they’re kind of boring as hell. They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former graphic designers to do.

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But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Here are some of the most interesting jobs of former graphic designers:

  1. Art Director
  2. Creative Director
  3. Production Artist
  4. Marketing Coordinator
  5. Marketing Director
  6. Web Developer
  7. Photographer
  8. Senior Art Director
  9. Marketing Specialist
  10. Artist

Some of these items are admittedly more attractive than one another as far as actually working the job goes, but one way or another, you’ve got to admit they’re eye-catching.

How We Determined the Most Common Jobs of Former Graphic Designers

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed graphic designer under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a graphic designer, sorting them by their most frequent.

That’s how we made the initial ranked list.

To make our list of most interesting jobs, we looked through the ranked list to see if any positions:

  • Showed up in fewer than 1% of all new jobs
  • And, were not part of the 100 most common jobs in our database

That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former graphic designers.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Graphic Designers

Job Title Rank %
Art Director 1 2.9%
Senior Graphic Designer 2 2.71%
Creative Director 3 1.8%
Web Designer 4 1.58%
Freelance Designer 5 1.57%
Graphic Artist 6 1.44%
Production Artist 7 1.32%
Graphic Designer Internship 8 1.15%
Sales Associate 9 1.08%
Graphic Designer/Production 10 1.07%
Designer 11 1.06%
Owner 12 0.77%
Graphic Designer, Marketing 13 0.77%
Customer Service Representative 14 0.72%
Administrative Assistant 15 0.71%
Project Manager 16 0.69%
Marketing Manager 17 0.68%
Web Graphic Designer 18 0.67%
Senior Designer 19 0.66%
Marketing Coordinator 20 0.64%
User Experience Designer 21 0.62%
Lead Graphic Designer 22 0.59%
Marketing Director 23 0.59%
Web Developer 24 0.59%
Graphic Designer/Illustrator 25 0.57%
Internship 26 0.56%
Photographer 27 0.56%
Graphic Designer And Photographer 28 0.5%
Production Designer 29 0.45%
Senior Art Director 30 0.43%
Graphic Design Manager 31 0.43%
Graphic Design Specialist 32 0.42%
Contract Graphic Designer 33 0.41%
Marketing Specialist 34 0.41%
User Interaction Designer 35 0.41%
Artist 36 0.39%
Office Manager 37 0.39%
Freelance Web Designer 38 0.38%
Visual Designer 39 0.38%
Production Manager 40 0.37%
Design Consultant 41 0.35%
Manager 42 0.35%
Web Design/Development 43 0.34%
Cashier 44 0.33%
Designer/Art Director 45 0.33%
Marketing Assistant 46 0.32%
Senior Web Designer 47 0.31%
Owner & Designer 48 0.31%
Creative Director & Designer 49 0.31%
Graphic Design Consultant 50 0.31%
Assistant Manager 51 0.31%
Social Media Manager 52 0.3%
Owner/Operator 53 0.29%
Lead Designer 54 0.29%
Substitute Teacher 55 0.27%
Digital Designer 56 0.27%
Consultant 57 0.26%
Server 58 0.26%
Communications Specialist 59 0.26%
Specialist 60 0.25%
Front End Developer 61 0.25%
Design Manager 62 0.25%
Creative Designer 63 0.25%
Volunteer 64 0.24%
Freelance Photographer 65 0.23%
Sales Representative 66 0.23%
Multimedia Designer 67 0.23%
Junior Graphic Designer 68 0.23%
Freelance Art Director 69 0.23%
Instructor 70 0.23%
Marketing Internship 71 0.23%
Marketing Designer 72 0.22%
Teacher 73 0.22%
Art Teacher 74 0.22%
Production Assistant 75 0.22%
Design Director 76 0.21%
Design Internship 77 0.21%
Adjunct Professor 78 0.21%
Principal 79 0.21%
Video Editor 80 0.2%
Interactive Designer 81 0.2%
Package Designer 82 0.19%
Graphic Design Assistant 83 0.19%
Account Manager 84 0.19%
Senior Designer/Art Director 85 0.19%
Supervisor 86 0.19%
Customer Service Trainer 87 0.19%
Operations Manager 88 0.19%
Graphics Specialist 89 0.18%
Creative Services Manager 90 0.18%
Graphic Designer/Coordinator 91 0.18%
Product Designer 92 0.18%
Press Operator 93 0.18%
Technician 94 0.17%
Technical Writer 95 0.17%
3D Artist 96 0.17%
Design Specialist 97 0.17%
Photographer, Editor 98 0.17%
Store Manager 99 0.17%
Designer/Artist 100 0.16%

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