Technical Illustrator

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Overview: Technical illustrators create & draw illustrations of products such as machines, tools, electronic & mechanical equipment, autos, etc. Illustrations are used in printed brochures, magazines, books and technical ads. Drawings show function, assembly & relationship of parts.
Duties: They meet with producers of technical equipment to determine what kinds of artistic illustrations are needed for advertising and to support written explanations about the products.

They take photographs of the equipment to be used in the illustrations for purposes of a reference. Visit clients' laboratory sites to get new perspectives of the equipment.

Interview equipment designers and marketing staff to develop an understanding of how the equipment is used and its benefits to the users.

Prepare rough drafts and sketches of the equipment and reviews them with clients. They finalize the illustrations based upon the client's critique.

Degree(s): A.S. Art: Concentrations in Art & Design or Art History 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 2% to 4% from 2018 to 2028, which is slightly slower than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Starting Salary: Self-employed illustrators can earn can earn higher salaries.
Salary Range (National Average): $27,000 to $32,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Technical illustrators should hold a college degree in fine arts or graduate from an accredited school of art. Specialized training is is crucial in areas such as new technology, architecture, science, computer-aided design, animation and website design. New graduates should have a professional portfolio of work to show potential employers.
Recommended Skills:
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.