"graphic design," "layout," and "photography" aren't the only skills we found associate art directors list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of associate art director responsibilities that we found, including:
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming an associate art director. We found that 66.2% of associate art directors have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 6.0% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most associate art directors have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every seven associate art directors were not college graduates.
Those associate art directors who do attend college, typically earn either graphic design degrees or fine arts degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for associate art directors include design and visual communication degrees or business degrees.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become an associate art director. We've found that most associate art director resumes include experience from J.Crew, Conde Nast, and Gap. Of recent, J.Crew had 3 positions open for associate art directors. Meanwhile, there are 2 job openings at Conde Nast and 2 at Gap.
If you're interested in companies where associate art directors make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at Vista Equity Partners, RockYou, and The Walt Disney Company. We found that at Vista Equity Partners, the average associate art director salary is $95,959. Whereas at RockYou, associate art directors earn roughly $84,546. And at The Walt Disney Company, they make an average salary of $80,012.
The industries that associate art directors fulfill the most roles in are the education and media industries. But the highest associate art director annual salary is in the non profits industry, averaging $67,390. In the professional industry they make $62,972 and average about $60,763 in the media industry. In conclusion, associate art directors who work in the non profits industry earn a 39.4% higher salary than associate art directors in the education industry.