An interactive designer works on digital projects from start to finish. This might include coming up with concepts and ideas then helping to develop them. You could create online advertisements, websites, videos, banner ads and HTML newsletters.
What the job looks like
starts at $36,643 up to $76,596+
- Having a good idea and creating it
- Solving problems
- Learning new skills
- Doing different things each day
The not so good
- Tight deadlines
- Long hours and weekend work
- Stressful at times
As an interactive designer you will usually work with a client to come up with a concept and then work with a team of developers to build it.
Maths will be an important part of your job to help time manage projects. This could be as broad as working out the cost for a client right down to timing animations or working out how long you have to get a key message across in an advertisement.
Good English skills will also help you communicate with clients and colleagues. You might have to do some research and background reading depending on what you are asked to create. It is also important your information is accurate to avoid any mistakes in the final proof.
If you are creative, like working as part of a team and have a love for technology, then this could be the job for you. You will spend most of your time indoors working at a computer.
I get my creativity and ideas from anything and everything. The finished product is very rewarding.
Pathways to this career
Subject suggestions for the HSC
Choosing your HSC subjects from this list could really help with your career. Think carefully about what you want to study after school as you might need to choose specific HSC subjects for that course and to count towards your ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank). An ATAR is your academic rank in relation to other HSC students and helps with University admission.
Some subjects will count towards your ATAR, others will not. Check with your career advisor before making subject selections.
- English (Advanced or higher)
- Mathematics (General 2 or higher)
- Information Processes and Technology
- Software, Design and Development
- Industrial Technology
What can I do after I have finished school?
Studying one of these degrees can help with your career.
- Bachelor of Multimedia Design
- Bachelor of Information Technology
Courses and qualifications
Courses and qualifications can give you a great start.
- Certificate IV Digital Media Technologies (Interactive Media)
- Find work experience and get a portfolio of work started
- Keep up to date with things that are happening in the interactive sphere, particularly new applications
- Go to career expos and events like university Open Days for information about what you will study
- Build up software skills for programs like Illustrator, Photoshop and Dreamweaver