"sketch," "customer service," and "graphic design" aren't the only skills we found designers list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of designer responsibilities that we found, including:
We've found that 60.7% of designers have earned a bachelor's degree. Furthermore, 6.7% earned their master's degrees before becoming a designer. While it's true that most designers have a college degree, it's generally possible to become one with only a high school degree. In fact, one out of every seven designers did not spend the extra money to attend college.
Those designers who do attend college, typically earn either graphic design degrees or drafting and design degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for designers include fine arts degrees or interior design degrees.
When you're ready to become a designer, you might wonder which companies hire designers. According to our research through designer resumes, designers are mostly hired by Facebook, Floor & Decor, and Leidos. Now is a good time to apply as Facebook has 155 designers job openings, and there are 98 at Floor & Decor and 40 at Leidos.
Since salary is important to some designers, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at Meta, Google, and Microsoft. If you were to take a closer look at Meta, you'd find that the average designer salary is $133,918. Then at Google, designers receive an average salary of $131,910, while the salary at Microsoft is $130,454.
We also looked into companies who hire designers from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include Drexel University, Purdue University, and IBM.
The industries that designers fulfill the most roles in are the technology and professional industries. But the highest designer annual salary is in the technology industry, averaging $87,754. In the finance industry they make $77,606 and average about $72,109 in the manufacturing industry. In conclusion, designers who work in the technology industry earn a 19.3% higher salary than designers in the professional industry.