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Working As A Graphic Designer/Coordinator

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $46,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Graphic Designer/Coordinator Do

Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.

Duties

Graphic designers typically do the following: 

  • Meet with clients or the art director to determine the scope of a project
  • Use digital illustration, photo-editing software, and layout software to create designs
  • Create visual elements such as logos, original images, and illustrations that help deliver a desired message
  • Design layouts and select colors, images, and typefaces to use
  • Present design concepts to clients or art directors
  • Incorporate changes recommended by clients or art directors into final designs
  • Review designs for errors before printing or publishing them

Graphic designers combine art and technology to communicate ideas through images and the layout of websites and printed pages. They may use a variety of design elements to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Graphic designers work with both text and images. They often select the type, font, size, color, and line length of headlines, headings, and text. Graphic designers also decide how images and text will go together on a print or webpage, including how much space each will have. When using text in layouts, graphic designers collaborate closely with writers who choose the words and decide whether the words will be put into paragraphs, lists, or tables. Through the use of images, text, and color, graphic designers can transform statistical data into visual graphics and diagrams, which can make complex ideas more accessible.

Graphic design is important to marketing and selling products, and is a critical component of brochures and logos. Therefore, graphic designers, also referred to as graphic artists or communication designers, often work closely with people in advertising and promotions, public relations, and marketing.

Frequently, designers specialize in a particular category or type of client. For example, some create the graphics used on retail products packaging, still others may work on the visual designs used on book jackets.

Graphic designers need to keep up to date with the latest software and computer technologies to remain competitive.

Some individuals with a background in graphic design teach in design schools, colleges, and universities. For more information, see the profile on postsecondary teachers.

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How To Become A Graphic Designer/Coordinator

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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Graphic Designer/Coordinator Career Paths

Graphic Designer/Coordinator
Senior Graphic Designer Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Art Director Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Marketing Coordinator Marketing Specialist
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Marketing Coordinator Marketing Consultant
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Marketing Coordinator Digital Marketing Specialist
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer/Production Web Graphic Designer Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer/Production Web Graphic Designer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer/Production Web Graphic Designer Senior User Experience Designer
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer, Marketing Designer Senior Designer
Creative Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer, Marketing Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager
Marketing And Operations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer, Marketing Marketing Specialist Brand Manager
Marketing Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer And Photographer Designer Senior Designer
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer And Photographer Editor Senior Copywriter
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer And Photographer Lead Graphic Designer Art Director
Designation Marketing Director
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Marketing Manager Digital Marketing Manager
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Graphic Designer Production Manager Print Production Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Design Specialist Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Creative Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Design Specialist Graphic Design Manager
Creative Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Graphic Artist 4.4 years
Graphic Designer 3.1 years
Freelance Designer 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Graphic Designer/Coordinator
Internship 6.6%
Cashier 2.2%
Designer 1.8%
Top Careers After Graphic Designer/Coordinator
Owner 2.0%

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Graphic Designer/Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

56.3%

Male

33.7%

Unknown

10.0%
Ethnicity

White

61.4%

Hispanic or Latino

17.7%

Black or African American

10.4%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.3%

French

13.0%

Mandarin

8.7%

Chinese

4.3%

Japanese

4.3%

Polish

4.3%

Portuguese

2.2%

Indonesian

2.2%

Dutch

2.2%

Filipino

2.2%

Hebrew

2.2%

Russian

2.2%

Tagalog

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Korean

2.2%

Italian

2.2%
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Graphic Designer/Coordinator Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

11.4%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

6.7%

Academy of Art University

6.0%

Oklahoma State University

5.4%

Syracuse University

4.7%

New York University

4.7%

Michigan State University

4.7%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

4.7%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.7%

Arizona State University

4.7%

Art Institute of California - Inland

4.7%

Art Institute of Atlanta

4.7%

Art Institute of Houston

4.7%

University of Alabama

4.0%

School of Visual Arts

4.0%

Columbia College Chicago

4.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.0%

Kent State University

4.0%

University of Phoenix

4.0%

University of Oregon

4.0%
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Majors

Graphic Design

49.0%

Design And Visual Communication

6.8%

Fine Arts

6.7%

Communication

5.7%

Business

4.4%

Computer Applications

3.8%

Marketing

3.5%

Graphic Communications

2.1%

Advertising

2.0%

Photography

1.8%

Journalism

1.7%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.6%

English

1.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.6%

Animation

1.6%

Management

1.5%

Education

1.4%

Computer Science

1.2%

Public Relations

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

59.0%

Other

15.3%

Associate

12.6%

Masters

7.5%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$30,000
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$46,000
Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
Marsh & McLennan Companies
Highest Paying City
Frederick, MD
Highest Paying State
Delaware
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Graphic Designer/Coordinator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Graphic Designer/Coordinator in the United States is $46,701 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $70,000.

Real Graphic Designer/Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Graphic Designer and Creative Project Coordinator Calderon Textiles, LLC Indianapolis, IN Sep 30, 2012 $55,000 -
$65,000
Graphics Design Coordinator JMR Enterprises, Inc. Irving, TX Aug 10, 2014 $49,629
Graphic Design & Marketing Coordinator E-Life Restaurant Inc. Cedar Rapids, IA Mar 01, 2010 $41,000 -
$42,000
Social Graphic Design Coordinator Charityusa.com LLC Seattle, WA Sep 17, 2014 $40,440
Graphics Design Coordinator The Family Rosary, Inc. Easton, MA Sep 15, 2016 $38,938
Graphic Design Coordinator L3 Advertising, Inc. New York, NY Sep 25, 2011 $36,627
Public Relations and Graphic Design Coordinator Nachman & Associates, P.C. Ridgewood, NJ Sep 20, 2010 $36,360
Graphic Design Coordinator Albumx Corp. Port Chester, NY Jan 01, 2012 $36,105
Graphic Designer/Creative Coordinator Somerton Home Furnishings, Inc. Corona, CA Oct 02, 2009 $35,000

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Top Skills for A Graphic Designer/Coordinator

  1. Company Website
  2. Adobe Photoshop
  3. Brochures
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  • Develop, manage and update websites for specific projects, social media and company website.
  • Created graphic content for product brochures, price sheets, warranties, and website using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Created a diverse array of identity packages, advertisements, brochures, direct mail pieces, and campaign materials.
  • Managed multiple graphic design projects simultaneously from concept to completion, and developed effective marketing campaigns.
  • Design projects: layouts for power point presentations, posters, credit card designs and display boards for business meetings.

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