Before the 2008-2009 recession, exhibition and display design was a growth area with strong demand for qualified and experienced designers, driven by the growth in corporate events and in the heritage industry. These trends are likely to continue as the economy recovers.
Career progression will depend on whether or not you are self-employed and on the nature and size of your employer:
Your career path will also depend on your background and training. There are likely to be more opportunities open to you, and you will have greater freedom to move into other areas and fields of work, if you have, for example:
It is a good idea to get as much experience as possible, particularly in project management, in order to maximise your desirability as an employee. This is particularly important for work in smaller companies, where roles involving purely exhibition design are few and far between. The current growth in multi-disciplinary design consultancies and broader-based degree courses offering a mix of spatial, interior and exhibition design reinforces the desirability and advisability of acquiring versatile 2D and 3D design skills.
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