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Working As A Graphic Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $48,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Graphic Designer 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

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 Career Paths

Graphic Designer
Marketing Coordinator Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Marketing Coordinator Account Executive Marketing Manager
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Designer Project Manager Vice President
Marketing Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Designer Owner Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Designer Project Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Art Director Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Art Director Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Web Designer Web Design/Development Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Web Graphic Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Art Director
Designation Marketing Director
5 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Logistics Coordinator Traffic Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Marketing Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Writer And Editor Senior Copywriter
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Editor Social Media Manager Digital Marketing Manager
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Artist Studio Manager Traffic 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 3.0 years
Freelance Designer 2.5 years
Marketing Designer 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Graphic Designer
Internship 9.2%
Designer 4.2%
Cashier 4.1%
Artist 2.2%
Top Careers After Graphic Designer
Art Director 13.8%
Designer 4.3%
Internship 3.0%
Owner 2.9%
Cashier 2.4%

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Graphic Designer Demographics

Gender

Female

46.2%

Male

45.3%

Unknown

8.5%
Ethnicity

White

59.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Black or African American

10.3%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.7%

French

9.6%

Chinese

5.8%

Mandarin

4.8%

Japanese

4.3%

Korean

3.7%

German

3.7%

Russian

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Italian

2.6%

Arabic

2.2%

Cantonese

2.1%

Polish

1.0%

Hindi

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Hebrew

0.6%

Turkish

0.6%

Greek

0.6%

Tagalog

0.5%

Swedish

0.4%
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Graphic Designer Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

10.4%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

9.2%

Full Sail University

8.2%

Academy of Art University

6.9%

School of Visual Arts

6.7%

Fashion Institute of Technology

5.4%

Art Institute of California - Inland

5.3%

Pratt Institute-Main

4.5%

Columbia College Chicago

4.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.4%

Parsons the New School for Design

4.0%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.8%

International Academy of Design and Technology

3.8%

Art Institute of Philadelphia

3.8%

Art Institute of Atlanta

3.7%

University of Phoenix

3.4%

Art Institute of Houston

3.3%

San Jose State University

3.1%

Arizona State University

2.9%

University of Central Florida

2.6%
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Majors

Graphic Design

54.7%

Fine Arts

8.1%

Design And Visual Communication

7.0%

Computer Applications

3.9%

Communication

3.4%

Business

3.1%

Graphic Communications

2.4%

Marketing

2.1%

Photography

2.0%

Computer Science

1.9%

Animation

1.8%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.5%

Advertising

1.5%

Computer Information Systems

1.1%

Digital Media

1.1%

Journalism

0.9%

English

0.9%

Education

0.9%

Entertainment Business

0.8%

Public Relations

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

57.1%

Other

15.3%

Associate

14.7%

Masters

7.4%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.2%

License

0.1%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Graphic Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Graphic Designer in the United States is $48,210 per year or $23 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $72,000.

Real Graphic Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Graphic Designer Bazmark INQ LLC New York, NY Apr 07, 2016 $142,500
Graphic Designer Zaah Holdings, Inc. New York, NY Oct 13, 2016 $142,126
Graphics Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 29, 2016 $141,000 -
$151,300
Graphic Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 02, 2016 $140,000 -
$160,000
Graphic Designer Moxtra, Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 09, 2016 $140,000 -
$160,000
Graphic Designer Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 27, 2016 $130,000
Graphic Designer McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States New York, NY Aug 15, 2015 $126,138
Creative/Graphics Designer Net Esolutions Corporation McLean, VA Jan 10, 2016 $125,000
Graphic Designer Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 15, 2016 $125,000
Graphic Designer (User Interface Designer) Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 27, 2015 $125,000
Graphic Designer Meta Company Redwood City, CA Sep 13, 2016 $120,000
Graphic Designer Comrade Inc. Oakland, CA Feb 09, 2016 $120,000
Graphic Designer Grabber Inc. El Dorado Hills, CA Jan 12, 2015 $54,155
Graphic Designer Homelegance, Inc. Fremont, CA Dec 18, 2015 $54,142
Graphic Designer Mighty Fine Los Angeles, CA Sep 22, 2016 $54,080
3D Graphic Designer NWAY America LLC San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2015 $54,000
Graphic Designer PMG Global Corporation Cary, NC Oct 08, 2016 $54,000
Graphic Information Designer Case Design Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $54,000
Graphic Designer Ko Studio LLC New York, NY Apr 04, 2016 $54,000
Graphic Designer Trustees of Boston University Boston, MA Jul 18, 2016 $54,000
Interactive Graphic Designer YS and Partners, Inc. Newport Beach, CA Aug 09, 2016 $41,600
Graphic Designer Caribbean Food Distributors, Inc. New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $41,600
Graphic Designer MSI Computer Corp. Industry, CA Jul 01, 2015 $41,600
Graphic Designer Gary Null & Associates, Inc. New York, NY May 18, 2015 $41,600
Graphic Designer YS and Partners, Inc. Newport Beach, CA Aug 09, 2016 $41,600
Graphic Designer Sasaki Associates Watertown Town, MA Aug 17, 2016 $41,600
Graphic Designer Torn By Ronny KOBO, Inc. New York, NY May 01, 2015 $41,600

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Top Skills for A Graphic Designer

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Company Website
  3. Company Logos
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  • Designed logos utilizing Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
  • Enhanced and maintained existing company website contents.
  • Increased company visibility and sales by designing company logos and branding.
  • Collaborated with graphic designers and editors to develop motion graphics and animations for entire show packages.
  • Designed print and digital advertising materials, including brochures, direct-mail postcards, sponsorship advertisements, invitations and digital ads

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