Creative Job Openings

Posted on 5/31/2013 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

On May 22nd iStockphoto partnered with the Art Director’s Club to host Portfolio Night in more than 20 cities around the world. The Portfolio Night events were designed to connect aspiring young creatives with renowned advertising creative directors in hopes they would receive feedback on their work and ultimately secure career opportunities.
For up-and-comers not able to attend the Portfolio Night events, iStockphoto has developed a snapshot of the creative jobs industry as well top portfolio tips directly from iStockphoto’s pro – Rebecca Swift (Director of Creative Planning) – to further help young creatives find the right job with the best portfolio.

Based on data provided by Indeed, () the world’s leading job site, in May 2013 there are currently nearly 20,000 Creative Job Openings in the U.S. The top 10 cities for these jobs are:

City Jobs
New York 1,964
San Francisco 1,275
Los Angeles 995
Chicago 897
Washington 702
Boston 623
Seattle 546
Dallas 426
Philadelphia 365
Atlanta 351

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that Art Director jobs are growing 9% year over year and it projects that by 2020 there will be 81,000 art director jobs in the U.S. Currently the average salary for these jobs is $81,000 per year or $38.77/hr.

Graphic Designer jobs are growing 13% year over year and it projects that by 2020 there will be 316,000 graphic designer jobs in the U.S. Currently the average salary for these jobs is $44,000 per year or $20.92/hr.

Rebecca Swift, iStockphoto’s Director of Creative Planning offered these 5 Tips to aid young creatives in building portfolios that will help them find jobs.

1 – Embrace your signature style – Narrow down your subject matter to a topic you are passionate about
2 – Tell A Story – Creating a visually cohesive collection of images will get your message across

3 – It’s The Little Things That Count – Paying close attention to detail when editing will ensure your work shines bright and the presentation is professional
4 – Quality over Quantity – Selecting the best image to tell your story is tough but critical to the success of your collection
5 – Technique is Key –Sticking to your technical skills will benefit the outcome of your collection and images in the long run

All this information can be found in an infographic developed by iStockphoto.

Copyright © 2013 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to:  


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