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Design: career ladder

A rookie or someone with a year's experience is employed as a junior designer. He or she works under an experienced designer and is usually employed in a team...Global opportunities | Pluses and minuses

india Updated: Mar 11, 2008 22:57 IST
Shreevatsa Nevatia

Step 1

A rookie or someone with a year's experience is employed as a junior designer. He or she works under an experienced designer and is usually employed in a team. Responsibilities include 'finishing' concepts using digital tools and doing the legwork needed to collect and analyse market data. A junior designer is usually paid Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh a year, depending on work experience or the educational institution that he or she has graduated from.

Step 2
Someone who has two to four years' experience and has shown superlative design skills is promoted to the role of lead designer. He or she leads a multi-disciplinary design team, managing most of the creative work in the project and is typically involved in more than one project at a time. A lead designer must understand how to extract the best results from the available infrastructure, drawing Rs 6 lakh to Rs 8 lakh a year a salary.

Step 3
Four to six years' experience means that you are fit enough to be a project leader. Responsibilities include managing all aspects of projects and interfacing with clients. The salary offered is Rs 8 lakh to Rs 10 lakh a year.

Step 4
Someone with five to eight years' experience moves up to being design director. He or she conducts research to evolve design strategies and manages high-value, large-team projects. A design director is expected to mentor younger designers and is paid Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh a year.

Step 5
Eight to 12 years' experience will see you move to chief designer or top boss status. Responsibilities include evolving brand and product strategies. From in-house to brands to manufacturing companies, he or she has to manage them all. You'll be paid upwards of Rs 25 lakh a year.