Graphic arts technicians help develop concepts for projects and prepare production materials for press, electronic or multimedia publishing.
Graphic arts technicians help develop concepts for projects and prepare production materials for press, electronic or multimedia publishing. You may work for publishing, communications, advertising, marketing, printing or multimedia companies. You may also be self-employed and provide your services on a contract basis to companies and the public.
Generally, graphic arts technicians:
This job requires: College or University
This job requires 0 - 2 years of work experience.
Source: Government of Canada
As a graphic arts technician, you need to:
You need to communicate in person, on the phone and in writing with graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, writers, marketing strategists, printers, programmers, and clients.
Creative talent is very important but graphic arts technicians also need advanced computer skills. Advances in computer graphics technology, the introduction of laser technology and digital photography means that many graphic arts technicians need to work on computers. You are more likely to succeed if you have strong skills in the areas of video-editing, digital sound mixing, and special optical effects. Web design is a newer field that employs many graphic arts technicians.
The work prospects for this job are: FAIR
The average hourly wage for this job is: C$18/hour.
These links will give you a list of related educational programs or where you can search for them. There may be other schools that have similar programs, such as private career colleges. You may be able to get advanced standing.
Here is a list of some bridging programs. These programs can help you assess your education and skills, get practical training or improve your language skills so that you can work in your field.
Here is a list of some language training programs, such as Enhanced Language Training (ELT) and Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT).
Many college programs in this field include cooperative (co-op) work experience.
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