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Designing your future career

by Carolina Wheat, Director of Admissions at Parsons The New School for Design
Recent reports have brought to light one of the most promising growth areas in the rapidly changing job market: design.
 

Design in demand
Design jobs in the New York metropolitan area grew by 75 percent in the last decade according to the Center for an Urban Future. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently forecast 20 percent growth in the art and design sectors, versus 10 percent growth in the overall labor market.
 
Among the factors contributing to this growth is the aging population. As Americans grow older, design thinking will be vital to the reinvention of physical environments, reducing obstacles and improving living spaces. This includes architects and interior designers who can create new types of healthcare and living spaces; product and industrial designers who can rethink everyday objects from kitchenware to mobile phones; and graphic and interactive designers and illustrators who can develop visual languages for signage, instructional materials, and other media.
 
The rapid growth of cities worldwide has seen a corresponding rise in the need for design solutions to address issues particular to urban centers—from infrastructure and transportation to sustainability. Beyond that, an increasingly global and networked culture has produced a demand for designers who can create innovative new modes of communication, entertainment, and social connectivity.
 
New opportunities
 
Graduate programs not only provide opportunities for advance study in specific disciplines, such as graphic design, architecture, interior design, and urban design, but also challenge students to consider how design thinking can be applied to fields distinct from the traditional realms of design.
 
At Parsons The New School for Design, we’ve found that students who are most willing to explore, experiment, and consider interdisciplinary perspectives emerge best prepared to face the challenges of today’s commercial art, design, and technology industries.
 
New degree programs in areas such as transdisciplinary design and strategic design and management enable professionals to apply the hallmarks of a design education—critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration, and ideation—to address complex societal issues that require more comprehensive, all-encompassing approaches.
 
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