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Become A Sign Maker

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Working As A Sign Maker

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $47,357

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Sign Maker does

  • Helped customers with the design, and layout of their signage/advertisement.
  • Design and application of vinyl using large format printers and vinyl cutters.
  • Use hand tools or computerised cutting machines.
  • Assist other associates with their work during downtime, like answering phone calls and preparing new orders for the following day.
  • Designed signage using Scanvec Inspire and Corel Draw on a PC.
  • Install Signs, Wire Transformers, Drill Holes, Run Conduit, Wire Signs, Crane Operator.
  • Fabricated and designed signs using Flexi sign and Adobe Illustrator.
  • Produced and installed custom signs and assisted production teams in all departments.
  • Experience in Vinyl Graphics as well as Sign Making.
  • Use computer software to generate new images.
  • Designed and made signs and vehicle graphics
  • Install signs, dimensional letters, and vehicle wraps.
  • Handled large sums of cash Provided excellent customer service.
  • Produced vinyl signs on all types of media.
  • Well versed in the use of CNC machines used for making signs and or decals.
  • Apply vinyl graphic designs to trade show displays.
  • Hand crafted chalkboards according to department requests.
  • Supervised 2 other laborers when refacing or applying new billboards.
  • shop mgr.Skills UsedUse of computer sign programs.Vinyl plottersUse of Hand tools
  • Experienced in cutting and drilling aluminum blanks.

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How To Become A Sign Maker

Graphic designers usually need a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field. Candidates for graphic design positions should demonstrate their creativity and originality through a professional portfolio that features their best designs.

Education

A bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field is usually required. However, those with a bachelor’s degree in another field may pursue technical training in graphic design to meet most hiring qualifications.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits about 320 postsecondary colleges, universities, and independent institutes with programs in art and design. Most schools include studio art, principles of design, computerized design, commercial graphics production, printing techniques, and website design. In addition, students should consider courses in writing, marketing, and business, all of which are useful in helping designers work effectively on project teams.

High school students interested in graphic design should take basic art and design courses in high school, if the courses are available. Many bachelor's degree programs require students to complete a year of basic art and design courses before being admitted to a formal degree program. Some schools require applicants to submit sketches and other examples of their artistic ability.

Many programs provide students with the opportunity to build a professional portfolio of their designs. For many artists, including graphic designers, developing a portfolio—a collection of design ideas that demonstrates their styles and abilities—is essential because employers rely heavily on a designer’s portfolio in deciding whether to hire the individual.

Graphic designers must keep up with new and updated computer graphics and design software, either on their own or through formal software training programs. Professional associations that specialize in graphic design, such as AIGA, offer courses intended to keep the skills of their members up to date.

Other Experience

Graphic designers often gain their initial experience through internships. It provides aspiring graphic designers an opportunity to work with designers and experience the design process from concept to completion while completing a design program.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally available through software product vendors. Certification in graphic design software can demonstrate a level of competence and may provide a jobseeker with a competitive advantage.

Advancement

Experienced graphic designers may advance to chief designer, art director, or other supervisory positions.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Graphic designers must be able to look at their work from the point of view of their consumers and examine how the designs they develop will be perceived by consumers to ensure they convey the client’s desired message.

Artistic ability. Graphic designers must be able to create designs that are artistically interesting and appealing to clients and consumers. They produce rough illustrations of design ideas, either by hand sketching or by using computer programs.

Communication skills. Graphic designers must communicate with clients, customers, and other designers to ensure that their designs accurately reflect the desired message and effectively express information.

Computer skills. Most graphic designers use specialized graphic design software to prepare their designs.

Creativity. Graphic designers must be able to think of new approaches to communicating ideas to consumers. They develop unique designs that convey a recognizable meaning on behalf of their clients.

Time-management skills. Graphic designers often work on multiple projects at the same time, each with a different deadline.

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Sign Maker Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    68.7%
  • Female

    30.5%
  • Unknown

    0.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    78.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    12.9%
  • Asian

    6.1%
  • Unknown

    1.8%
  • Black or African American

    0.4%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    68.8%
  • Arabic

    12.5%
  • Hmong

    6.3%
  • French

    6.3%
  • Tagalog

    6.3%
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Top Skills for A Sign Maker

VinylGraphicsVehicleGraphicsCustomerServiceAluminumBlanksLayoutFlexiSignArtAdobePhotoshopVinylPlotterLargeFormatPrinterAdobeIllustratorNeonSignsInstallSignsHandToolsCorelDrawGraphicDesignBillboardsCNCVehicleWrapsPhoneCalls

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Top Sign Maker Skills

  1. Vinyl Graphics
  2. Vehicle Graphics
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Create signage from fabrication of background to application of vinyl graphics and installation.
  • Design and production of signage, fleet vehicle graphics, murals, sandblasted signage, etc.
  • Handled large sums of cash Provided excellent customer service.
  • Experienced in cutting and drilling aluminum blanks.
  • Helped customers with the design, and layout of their signage/advertisement.

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