The Interactive Media Design Field: Career Info

Nowadays, many people are looking to go back to school to acquire more skills to survive this bad economy. Although that’s a good thing, one has to be careful what field one chooses. There are so many jobs and careers that simply will not be needed as much as others are. There are people with broad degrees that have discovered that they can’t find work in their fields as easily as they had thought. I think we all have to consider what natural talents we have and look for a way that we can make use of, or express these talents in a way that is needed in these times.

Case in point: I was always interested in computers when I was a little kid, back in Nigeria. I thought they were so interesting the way I could program them to do all kinds of things. (At the time I was using BASIC-Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.) Most of this interest developed into no more than a hobby until much later in life. There came the internet age which changed a lot about how computers were even manufactured, not to talk of how they are used now, as apposed to the mid 80’s. It was not until I wanted to do more with myself, and considered going back to school, that I ‘remembered’ that I had always been pretty good with computers. I discovered that I still had it when it came to it, and decided what field I was going to go into. Besides, computers weren’t going anywhere fast and the internet will be depended upon for decades to come. I am talking about when I registered for classes in the Interactive Media Design field.

Any form of media that allows a person to interact with other users, the creator, or a computer is considered interactive media. Students in the Interactive Media Design field learn how to process data and then make it available for others using electronic media. Some subjects in this field of study include design, writing, computer science, computer programming, and multimedia. Professionals of media design create web pages, video programs, animated banners, and also audio broadcasts. They do this using graphics, animation, and sound as a way to entertain, advertise, and also educate. A big part of digital design is production and collaboration. When you work in many independent and team projects, you gain entrepreneurial and management skills and at the same time develop a professional looking portfolio that showcases your wide range of creativity.

The needs have increased for interactive designers with training and experience. Available careers include:

Web Designers: Design websites facilitating navigation and use. Use features such as search tools, graphs, and videos to communicate the content of the site.

Flash Designer: Use Flash to design web pages filled with complex color and movement.

Web Content Coordinator: These professionals have been trained in all web design maintenance. They are also skilled in developing web content, writing and editing in an administrative kind of way.

These are just a few of the career choices available to interactive media design students. Of course, one can easily work for oneself after mastering these skills. There is plenty of freelance work available to entrepreneurial types to take advantage of. In my opinion, it is better to be skilled and independently earn a living using the skills you have learned on your own terms. You can even demand a salary based on your own skill level.

If you are naturally good with computers, and have a creative ambitious side, I would certainly advise a career in the interactive media design field.