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Set & Exhibit Designers

Also called: Display Coordinator, Exhibit Designer, Scenic Designer, Set Designer

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What they do:
Design special exhibits and sets for film, video, television, and theater productions. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
On the job, you would:
  • Develop set designs, based on evaluation of scripts, budgets, research information, and available locations.
  • Prepare rough drafts and scale working drawings of sets, including floor plans, scenery, and properties to be constructed.
  • Prepare preliminary renderings of proposed exhibits, including detailed construction, layout, and material specifications, and diagrams relating to aspects such as special effects or lighting.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • history and archeology
Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • computers and electronics
Communications
  • multimedia
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • come up with lots of ideas
  • create new and original ideas

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
  • Autodesk Revit Hot Technology
  • Trimble SketchUp Pro Hot Technology
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Video creation and editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
  • Figure 53 QLab

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$58,180
$30,180
$106,230
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