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€22k > 50 
Technical/Scientific Illustrator
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€22 - 50 
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Entrants: 22 - 25
Established: 32 - 50
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Illustrators are fine artists who convey ideas, facts and feelings using the skills of painting and drawing and their own creativity.

The Work header image

An illustrator uses creative skills in art and design to communicate a story, a message or an idea.

Illustrators typically work to commercial briefs to inform, persuade or entertain a client's intended audience, adjusting the mood and style of images accordingly.

Tools used vary and may include pens, pencils, paints and airbrush techniques. Many illustrators use computer graphics and photographic techniques in their work.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Create designs, concepts, and sample layouts based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.


Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type.


Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.


Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Internet websites.


Review final layouts and suggest improvements as needed.


Prepare illustrations or rough sketches of material, discussing them with clients or supervisors and making necessary changes.


Use computer software to generate new images.


Key information into computer equipment to create layouts for client or supervisor.


Maintain archive of images, photos, or previous work products.


Prepare notes and instructions for workers who assemble and prepare final layouts for printing.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:  Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Selling or Influencing Others:  Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.


English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Fine Arts:  Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.


Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As an illustrator, you will need to be observant, with a good visual sense and drawing ability. You should also have an interest in the subject matter, whether it is technology, science or natural history. You must be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail. You will need to be able to use computer graphics software packages in your work. It is also important that you are flexible and can carry out a range of work.

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Go..Illustrator - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Illustrator - from:  GradIreland

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Organisation: Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI)
  Address: 12 Coldbath Square London EC1R 5HL
  Tel: +44 0207 837 2846
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