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Become A Graphic Artist

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Working As A Graphic Artist

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $46,197

    Average Salary

What Does A Graphic Artist Do

A Graphic Artist develops and creates visual or audio images for product illustrations, logos, and websites. Also called Graphic Designers, they can be specialized in advertising, website design, or multimedia.

How To Become A Graphic Artist

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.

Education

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.

Advancement

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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3,214 Graphic Artist jobs

CBS Corporation
Chicago, IL
Per Diem Graphic Artist

$39,028 Estimated

PX International
Las Vegas, NV
Graphic Artist

$68,120 Estimated

University of Utah Medical Group
Salt Lake City, UT
Graphic Artist

$37,054 Estimated

Telegraph Employment
North Platte, NE
Graphic Artist

$46,197 Estimated

Distinctive Home Builders
Frankfort, IL
Archtectural Drafter / Graphic Artist

$39,028 Estimated

Amazing Listers LLC
New York, NY
Graphic Artist

$42,136 Estimated

The Graphic Solution
Loma Linda, CA
Graphic Artist

$55,000 Estimated

CBS Corporation
Miami, FL
Graphic Artist

$33,463 Estimated

Amazing Listers, LLC
New York, NY
Graphic Artist

$42,136 Estimated

Patricio Enterprises
Edgewood, MD
Graphic Artist

$50,767 Estimated

MTEQ, Inc.
Lorton, VA
Graphic Artist

$47,127 Estimated

All Sports America
Northumberland, PA
Graphic Artist

$40,110 Estimated

Crew Training International, Inc.
Jacksonville, FL
Graphic Artist

$38,960 Estimated

Lockheed Martin
Littleton, CO
Graphic Artist

$40,321 Estimated

Leidos Holdings
Washington, DC
Graphic Artist

$46,197 Estimated

Firekeepers Casino Hotel
Battle Creek, MI
Graphic Artist

$40,922 Estimated

Globa Channel Management, Inc.
Fremont, CA
Graphic Artist

$55,000 Estimated

GTM Sportswear
Manhattan, KS
Graphic Artist

$46,197 Estimated

Rose International Inc.
San Francisco, CA
Graphic Artist

$63,454 Estimated

Lockheed Martin Corporation
Littleton, CO
Graphic-Artist

$40,321 Estimated

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Real Graphic Artist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Graphic Artist/Designer (VFX Supervisor) Technicolor Inc. Santa Monica, CA Jan 28, 2011 $210,000
Head Graphic Artist Fox Digital Enterprises, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 28, 2016 $146,090
3D Graphic Artist Valve Bellevue, WA Nov 18, 2015 $100,000 -
$170,000
Principal Graphic Artist Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Jan 03, 2013 $99,143
Senior Graphic Artist Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Jan 03, 2011 $93,000
Graphic Artist Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $90,000
Principal Graphic Artist Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Oct 30, 2013 $89,000
Graphic Artist Buck Design, Inc. New York, NY Feb 01, 2014 $85,000
Graphic Artist ALKI David Productions, Inc. Beverly Hills, CA Mar 11, 2015 $83,200
Graphic Artist Ca-AVRS, Inc. Petaluma, CA Oct 01, 2012 $82,500
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Top Skills for A Graphic Artist

AdobePhotoshopCompanyWebsiteCompanyLogosArtDirectionLayoutDesignAdobeIllustratorBrochuresGraphicDesignPostersNewspaperADSBusinessCardsAdobeIndesignPhotographyCustomerServiceMacVideoT-ShirtsPromotionalMaterialsQuarkLogoDesign

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Top Graphic Artist Skills

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Company Website
  3. Company Logos
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Work in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and In Design.
  • Edited photos and images for company website.
  • Designed company logos and brands, brochures, business cards, apparel and web pages.
  • Managed special projects and sections, including art direction, page content, visual styles, work distribution.
  • Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.

Top Graphic Artist Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Graphic Artist

  1. Whole Foods Market
  2. Gannett
  3. Gannett Imaging and Ad Design Center
  4. Carley Corporation
  5. BIC Corporation
  6. Lockheed Martin
  7. Freelancer
  8. GTM Sportswear
  9. Raytheon
  10. E&M Consulting
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