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Signmaker

Signmakers design, make and fit signs for commercial and non-commercial use. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £25,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but GCSEs, A levels or equivalent qualifications in subjects like design and technology or art and design may be useful.

It may also be helpful if you've:

  • English, maths and ICT qualifications
  • experience in printing, reprographics, metalworking or using CNC machine tools
  • a driving licence

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent practical skills
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • excellent spelling and grammar
  • maths skills and IT skills
  • creative skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • designing signs using computer software
  • measuring and calculating letter and logo sizes
  • making glass fibre letters from moulds
  • cutting out and shaping materials into letters, logos and 3D shapes
  • printing out signs or designs on digital printers
  • applying paint backgrounds by brush, spray or roller
  • hand-painting lettering (in traditional signmaking)
  • bending glass into shape and fitting basic electrical wiring (if making illuminated or animated signs)
  • cutting sign frames from aluminium
  • installing signs on site
  • dealing with paperwork and administration

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000

Experienced: £19,000

Highly Experienced: £25,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. You may work evenings and weekends for some jobs.

You’ll be based in a workshop or studio, but may also work on site, which can involve being outdoors, sometimes at height and in all weather conditions. 

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a supervisor or manager. 

You could specialise in different areas within the industry, working as an estimator, process planner or quality technician.

You could become self-employed, either independently or as part of a franchise.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017