Designers in the U.S. are leaving the field for more lucrative fields: Jobs
Designers and developers have been leaving the design and web development fields for more profitable fields, such as software development, in recent years, according to a new report.
The report from research firm eMarketer found that the total number of jobs created in design and development rose 7% in 2015 to 4,937,500 jobs, but the number of people working in these areas fell from 11.1 million in 2015, when eMarketers first started tracking the industry, to 10.9 million in 2017.
The report also found that more people than ever are working in design jobs, up 11% from the previous year.
While this is an encouraging sign for a rapidly changing industry, it’s important to note that there are still a large number of design jobs left open for the next decade.
The eMarkets report also suggests that there will be more openings in the next few years.
The main reason that people are leaving for the software industry is that demand for design and design-related work has dropped significantly in recent decades, the report found.
The number of developers and designers leaving the workforce has also fallen.
“As the skills that we rely on in design, graphic design, web design and UI design have all become increasingly valuable in the digital economy, many designers and developers are looking for more stable employment opportunities outside of design and programming,” said John Gourley, CEO of eMarketing.
“While the numbers in the number that are leaving are very small, the job market is much more competitive and offers much better opportunities for people to succeed and thrive.”
For those looking to expand their career or make a change, the top reasons for leaving the industry are a shift to a more flexible job market and a desire to explore a variety of options.
But the report also noted that the number who leave because of career opportunities has dropped as well, dropping from 2.4 million in 2016 to 1.7 million in the latest year.
“We also see that in the last few years, the number moving out of design has also dropped,” said Gourlay.
“We see a lot more people going into other fields of work.”
It’s not clear how many of those who leave are leaving to pursue a career in design or design-specific fields, although a study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that in 2020, about half of designers and programmers left the profession because of changes in the industry.
In 2017, nearly half of all software developers left the field.
This trend is particularly pronounced in the field of Web design.
EMarketer notes that the average percentage of people who left in 2015 was 11%, but in 2017 it rose to 18%.
“This is the highest percentage we’ve ever seen since 2000,” said David Jaffe, CEO and co-founder of eDesigner.
“The number of designers leaving is at a record high, and they’re going into things that were once considered more risky.
It’s a really good time for them to leave.”
This is especially true in the Web and mobile design industries.
“Mobile is the fastest-growing area in design for developers and we expect it to grow even faster,” Jaffe said.
“In terms of the number we’re seeing leave, it really depends on the type of design you’re doing, and how quickly the technology is changing.”
“If you’re creating apps or web applications that are very complex and require a lot of interaction, it is a much more difficult field for developers to do,” Jaffas added.
“If you want to do things in a more accessible and less complicated way, you’re going to find a better fit in mobile.”
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