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Set & Exhibit Designers

Also called: Exhibit Designer, Set Designer, Designer, Exhibit Preparator

What they do:
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
On the job, you would:
  • Examine objects to be included in exhibits in order to plan where and how to display them.
  • Acquire, or arrange for acquisition of, specimens or graphics required to complete exhibits.
  • Prepare rough drafts and scale working drawings of sets, including floor plans, scenery, and properties to be constructed.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • computers and electronics
Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • English language
Business
  • management
Communications
  • multimedia

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Resource Management
  • managing your time and the time of other people
  • selecting and managing the best workers for a job

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • come up with lots of ideas
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Innovation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Video creation and editing software
  • Act-3D Quest3D
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Director
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • McNeel Rhinoceros
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Autodesk Maya

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$50,300
per year, on average
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