Visual Information Specialist

Design professional-looking documents for the government or military.
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Salary Range
$26,000 – $77,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Visual Information Specialists do?

Notes scribbled on a napkin may be accepted as evidence by Lawyers, but they’re rarely considered eye-catching or professional. That’s where a Visual Information Specialist can help. A Visual Information Specialist is a master of all things media, be it printed or online, large or small, colorful or black and white. The work that a Visual Information Specialist does can transform scribbles into professional documents that people are drawn to investigate.

When you’re a Visual Information Specialist, your job is quite similar to that of a Graphic Designer, but instead of working in the commercial sector for an advertising agency or print house, you work for the government or the military. As a result, your duties may be quite varied. You may design books one day and refrigerator magnets the next.

Each day, you’re given documents in raw form, and you’re told where the information will be distributed. Sometimes, you’re told exactly how the product should look when it’s done. Other times, you’re allowed to use your creativity and come up with your own design.

Then, you flow the words into your computer design program, and make sure it’s easy to read and appealing to the eye. Sometimes, you look for photographs to illustrate your phrases. Other times, these graphics are provided for you. When your design work is done, you hand it to a Proofreader, just to make sure you didn’t trample on text.

As you work, you make sure to conform to your company’s visual standards regarding color, images, and text. Designing a poster in acid green with dripping orange text may be fun, but it may not get accepted.

Should I be a Visual Information Specialist?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to Become a
    Visual Information Specialist

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