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Set and Exhibit Designers

Set and Exhibit Designers
Quick Facts : Set and Exhibit Designers*
2010 Median Pay$46,680
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201211,700
Job Outlook10% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change1,200

Set and exhibit designers create sets for productions like theater, movies, and television. They determine how many sets will be needed and how each set can best supports the story by analyzing scripts and doing other research. Exhibit designers are responsible for creating spaces to display products, artifacts or art.

What Set and Exhibit Designers Do

  • Develop set or exhibit designs based on their evaluation of scripts or of artifacts to be exhibited, budgets, and location
  • Collaborate with directors, curators, clients, other designers, and production staff on specific design features
  • Consult with producers, curators, and clients to identify the intended audience and determine what set or exhibit characteristics may appeal to them
  • Prepare hand-drawn sketches or use Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs to create electronic drawings and diagrams to show what the finished sets or exhibits will look like
  • Prepare budgets for all necessary sets or exhibits

Work Environment

Many set and exhibit designers move from one short-term full-time job to another, working for a series of employers rather than only one employer. In addition, about 30 percent are self-employed.
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Job Outlook

the average salary for set and exhibit designers was $46,680 in May 2010.
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The median annual wage of set and exhibit designers was $46,680 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Set and Exhibit Designers

Set and exhibit designers often need a bachelor's degree in set design, scenic design, or theater.
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