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Become A Designer

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Working As A Designer

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $61,088

    Average Salary

What Does A Designer Do

A Designer is a person who plans the form, look, or workings of something before it is made or built, typically by drawing it in detail. They work as part of a team with copywriters, stylists, and executives.

How To Become A Designer

Graphic designers usually need a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field. Candidates for graphic design positions should demonstrate their creativity and originality through a professional portfolio that features their best designs.


A bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field is usually required. However, those with a bachelor’s degree in another field may pursue technical training in graphic design to meet most hiring qualifications.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits about 320 postsecondary colleges, universities, and independent institutes with programs in art and design. Most schools include studio art, principles of design, computerized design, commercial graphics production, printing techniques, and website design. In addition, students should consider courses in writing, marketing, and business, all of which are useful in helping designers work effectively on project teams.

High school students interested in graphic design should take basic art and design courses in high school, if the courses are available. Many bachelor's degree programs require students to complete a year of basic art and design courses before being admitted to a formal degree program. Some schools require applicants to submit sketches and other examples of their artistic ability.

Many programs provide students with the opportunity to build a professional portfolio of their designs. For many artists, including graphic designers, developing a portfolio—a collection of design ideas that demonstrates their styles and abilities—is essential because employers rely heavily on a designer’s portfolio in deciding whether to hire the individual.

Graphic designers must keep up with new and updated computer graphics and design software, either on their own or through formal software training programs. Professional associations that specialize in graphic design, such as AIGA, offer courses intended to keep the skills of their members up to date.

Other Experience

Graphic designers often gain their initial experience through internships. It provides aspiring graphic designers an opportunity to work with designers and experience the design process from concept to completion while completing a design program.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally available through software product vendors. Certification in graphic design software can demonstrate a level of competence and may provide a jobseeker with a competitive advantage.


Experienced graphic designers may advance to chief designer, art director, or other supervisory positions.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Graphic designers must be able to look at their work from the point of view of their consumers and examine how the designs they develop will be perceived by consumers to ensure they convey the client’s desired message.

Artistic ability. Graphic designers must be able to create designs that are artistically interesting and appealing to clients and consumers. They produce rough illustrations of design ideas, either by hand sketching or by using computer programs.

Communication skills. Graphic designers must communicate with clients, customers, and other designers to ensure that their designs accurately reflect the desired message and effectively express information.

Computer skills. Most graphic designers use specialized graphic design software to prepare their designs.

Creativity. Graphic designers must be able to think of new approaches to communicating ideas to consumers. They develop unique designs that convey a recognizable meaning on behalf of their clients.

Time-management skills. Graphic designers often work on multiple projects at the same time, each with a different deadline.

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Real Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Designer Dropbox, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 30, 2015 $190,000
Designer Dropbox, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 19, 2015 $190,000
Designer 2 Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Jul 09, 2016 $160,000
Designer III Amazon Corporate LLC East Palo Alto, CA Feb 16, 2015 $160,000
Designer 2 Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Jan 04, 2016 $160,000
Designer 2 Microsoft Corporation Mountain View, CA Nov 07, 2016 $160,000
Children's Designer E. S. Originals, Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2015 $150,000
Designer Yourpeople, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 09, 2015 $150,000
Hi Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 16, 2016 $146,100 -
Designer Lever, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 07, 2016 $145,725
Platform Designer Fiftythree, Inc. New York, NY Feb 10, 2015 $145,000
PC Board Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 15, 2016 $145,000 -
Designer Github, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 14, 2015 $145,000
Designer David Turner Archtiect, P.C. New York, NY Sep 12, 2015 $76,613
Designer (3D Artist) All Things Media, LLC Mahwah, NJ Jul 27, 2015 $76,440
Designer Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo N.A. Inc. Irvine, CA Apr 23, 2015 $76,398
Designer Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo Na, Inc. Irvine, CA Jul 24, 2015 $76,398
Computerized Architecural Designer Construction and Building Services Corporation. Los Angeles, CA Jan 06, 2016 $76,363
Solution Designer IBM India Private Limited Chicago, IL Aug 18, 2015 $76,303 -
Solution Designer IBM India Private Limited Chicago, IL Aug 16, 2015 $76,303 -
Mobile Designer Advertex Communications, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 04, 2016 $76,107 -
Inventory Location Designer Shipcom Wireless, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 09, 2016 $63,200
Designer Tata Consultancy Services Limited Troy, MI Sep 23, 2015 $63,100
Designer Satyam-Venture Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd. Livonia, MI Oct 20, 2015 $63,000
Presentation Designer Geometry Global, LLC New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $63,000
Designer Satyam-Venture Engineering Services Pvt. Ltd. Livonia, MI Jun 10, 2015 $63,000
Designer GBG USA, Inc. New York, NY Apr 01, 2015 $63,000
Designer II Uc Synergetic LLC Addison, TX Mar 15, 2015 $63,000 -
Designer SDK Atelier, Inc. Irvine, CA Aug 09, 2016 $62,610

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Top Skills for A Designer


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Top Designer Skills

  1. Web
  2. Product Development
  3. Layout
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Lead Flash Designer & Developer for Company & Customer Websites.
  • Assisted product development and sales departments by providing technical support.
  • Meet with the customers to determine layouts and designs.
  • Worked on design of function and form using Auto CAD release 14 and Solid Works 99.
  • Acquired skills in Adobe Indesign Gained experience in print process Aquired skills creating layouts and designs Built team work ethic

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