Although once known as Macromedia Flash designers, Adobe now owns and operates Flash. Web developers and designers who specialize in Adobe Flash create a wide range of visual effects and interactive media predominantly for websites. Although creativity and a detailed-oriented mindset are necessary for this career field, professionals also need good communication skills, and they must be comfortable with customer service.
Macromedia Flash designers are now known as Adobe Flash designers. They are the creative minds behind the development and implementation of interactive, animated graphics, and text on websites. Flash designers work for a variety of clients to showcase people, products, and ideas through special digital effects. Experience with Adobe Creative Office Suite, graphic design and computer programming is required.
|Required Education||Associate's or bachelor's degree|
|Other Requirements||Experience with Adobe Creative Office Suite, computer programming, graphic design, animation and illustration; voluntary certification available|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)||27%* (for web developers)|
|Median Salary (2016)||$53,527**|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; **Payscale.com
Flash Designer Job Description
Those interested in becoming a Macromedia Flash designer should note that Adobe purchased Macromedia in 2005. While the products and job responsibilities are the same, job-seekers should note the update and title changes within the company and software.
Flash designers work with the Adobe creative office suite. They spruce up websites by creating interactive graphics and animation, incorporating visuals and adding sound to give visitors a sensory experience in addition to providing them with the information provided on the website. Flash designers communicate with clients and coworkers about what a finished product should look like before customizing the audio and visuals for each website and page. Designers may also be responsible for creating and publishing entire websites and integrating animation to these larger projects.
Requirements of a Flash Designer
Most Flash designers have either experience or education in computer programming, graphic design, animation, and illustration. Knowledge of HTML and the Internet as well as website-building basics are important.
Employers may require proficiency with other design software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or Dreamweaver. There are a variety of courses authorized by Adobe that offer training in their specific computer programs. Similarly, Adobe provides certification for designers (and other Adobe software users) who want to supplement and enhance their résumé and maybe even compete for a higher salary or different jobs. Flash design courses are offered throughout the United States.
Flash designers may choose to be self-employed. In this case, continuing education and certification would be up to the individual's discretion, but an extensive resume is key. Outside of the education and experience required of Flash designers, it is important that each candidate cultivates and consistently proves a strong work ethic.
As with any independent contractor position, Flash designers must be efficient in time management and personal scheduling. They must be able to meet deadlines, be flexible, and allow for changes in plan. Flash designers can self-teach by reading informational books, watching tutorials, attending seminars, or completing courses offered in technical and design schools.
Salary Info and Job Outlook
According to PayScale.com, the majority of Flash designers working in October 2016 earned between $30,913 and $81,645 per year. Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not provide information specific to the field of Flash designers, the BLS did project that the employment of all web developers should increase by a faster-than-average rate of 27% from 2014-2024.
Macromedia Flash designers, more commonly now known as Adobe Flash designers, create interactive forms of media, mainly for online users. These professionals need extensive knowledge of computers, programming languages, website design, and website building, and they can obtain this knowledge from undergraduate degree programs, certificate programs, or standalone Flash training courses.