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Learn about the most important skills for Graphic Designers. Also, find out how proficient you have to be in each skill.

Importance*More Info
1.Operations Analysis60
Speaking60
Writing60
Active Listening60
5.Critical Thinking56
Reading Comprehension56
7.Judgment and Decision Making53
Coordination53
Active Learning53
10.Time Management50
* Importance out of 100

Score Key
  Importance for success in this profession
  Level of proficiency needed

Skill Area Scores

Operations Analysis
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
60
48
Select a photocopy machine for an officeSuggest changes in software to make a system more user friendlyIdentify the control system needed for a new process production plant
Speaking
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
60
46
Greet tourists and explain tourist attractionsInterview applicants to obtain personal and work historyArgue a legal case before the Supreme Court
Writing
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
60
46
Take a telephone messageWrite a memo to staff outlining new directivesWrite a novel for publication
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.
60
48
Take a customer's orderAnswer inquiries regarding credit referencesPreside as judge in a complex legal disagreement
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
56
50
Determine whether a subordinate has a good excuse for being lateEvaluate customer complaints and determine appropriate responsesWrite legal brief challenging a federal law
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
56
52
Read step-by-step instructions for completing a formRead a memo from management describing new personnel policiesRead a scientific journal article describing surgical procedures
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
53
41
Decide how scheduling a break will affect work flowEvaluate a loan application for degree of riskDecide whether a manufacturing company should invest in new robotics technology
Coordination
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
53
45
Schedule appointments for a medical clinicWork with others to put a new roof on a houseWork as director of a consulting project calling for interaction with multiple subcontractors
Active Learning
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
53
45
Think about the implications of a newspaper article for job opportunitiesDetermine the impact of new menu changes on a restaurant's purchasing requirementsIdentify the implications of a new scientific theory for product design
Time Management
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
50
46
Keep a monthly calendar of appointmentsAllocate the time of subordinates to projects for the coming weekAllocate the time of scientists to multiple research projects