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Working As A Graphic Engineer

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $102,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Graphic Engineer 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 Engineer

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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Average Yearly Salary
$102,000
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$75,000
Min 10%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
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$102,000
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$102,000
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$102,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Median 50%
$140,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
Novato, CA
Highest Paying State
Montana
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Graphic Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Graphic Engineer in the United States is $102,925 per year or $49 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $75,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $140,000.

Real Graphic Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Graphics Engineer Condition One Inc. Brisbane, CA Jun 02, 2014 $145,000
Graphics Engineer Byte Inc. New York, NY Aug 24, 2015 $140,000
Graphics Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 17, 2011 $140,000
Graphics Engineer Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Dec 19, 2014 $135,000
Graphics Engineer Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jul 28, 2014 $126,000
Graphics Engineer Imagination Technologies LLP San Francisco, CA May 20, 2016 $123,800
Customer Engineering Graphics Engineer (Software)/Linux Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 30, 2015 $122,221 -
$130,200
Lead Graphics Engineer Hover Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 08, 2016 $121,000
Senior Graphics Engineer Zipper Interactive, Inc. Redmond, WA Nov 28, 2011 $120,000
Graphics Engineer Imagination Technologies Inc. DBA Imagination Labs San Francisco, CA Dec 23, 2015 $114,000
Graphics Engineer Imagination Technologies Inc. DBA Imagination Labs San Francisco, CA Oct 03, 2014 $114,000
Graphics Engineer Robert Bosch LLC Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2011 $110,000
Graphics Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 20, 2010 $108,150
Graphics Engineer Zindagi Games, Inc. Camarillo, CA Jul 01, 2012 $107,500
Graphics Engineer Microsoft Corporation Kirkland, WA Aug 07, 2014 $107,000
Graphics Engineer Lucasarts, A Div of Lucasfilm Entertainment Co. LT San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2012 $105,352
Senior Graphics Engineer Spark Unlimited, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 03, 2012 $105,000 -
$135,000
Senior Graphics Engineer Trion World Network, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jun 01, 2010 $102,149 -
$110,000
Graphics Engineer Retro Studios, Inc. Austin, TX May 26, 2016 $95,098 -
$115,000
Graphics Engineer GLU Mobile Inc. Long Beach, CA Mar 28, 2016 $85,000
Graphics Engineer Confetti Interactive, Inc. Encinitas, CA Jan 09, 2016 $78,000
Graphics Engineer Confetti Tools, Inc. Encinitas, CA Jan 09, 2016 $78,000
Graphics Engineer Confetti Interactive, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Jan 09, 2016 $78,000
Graphics Engineer Confetti Tools, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Jan 09, 2016 $78,000
Graphics Engineer Confetti Tools, Inc. Encinitas, CA Sep 01, 2016 $78,000

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Top Skills for A Graphic Engineer

  1. CAD
  2. C++
  3. Graphic Design
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Generated detailed two-dimensional shop drawings for industrial fabricators utilizing AutoCAD.
  • Implemented an interface in C++ in order to have the library communicate with the current MFC application that they were using.
  • Involved in web page design and development Created graphic designs and animations for presentations.
  • promoted to senior graphics engineer in 1995.
  • Utilized Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to make necessary art adjustments to meet client specifications and expectations.

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Top 10 Best States for Graphic Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. California
  3. Massachusetts
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Alaska
  6. Texas
  7. Montana
  8. District of Columbia
  9. Idaho
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Graphic Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

66.4%

Female

20.8%

Unknown

12.8%
Ethnicity

White

57.8%

Asian

12.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.5%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

5.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

Arabic

16.7%

French

16.7%

Cheyenne

16.7%

Chinese

16.7%
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Graphic Engineer Education

Schools

University of Georgia

9.7%

Arizona State University

6.5%

Spoon River College

6.5%

Southern Technical College

6.5%

Rio Hondo College

6.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.5%

University of Central Missouri

6.5%

University of Southern California

6.5%

Emporia State University

6.5%

Pittsburgh Technical Institute

6.5%

Michigan Technological University

3.2%

University of Nevada - Reno

3.2%

Art Institute of Phoenix

3.2%

University of San Francisco

3.2%

Asbury University

3.2%

North Carolina State University

3.2%

Emerson College

3.2%

Rockland Community College

3.2%

Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy

3.2%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

3.2%
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Majors

Graphic Design

13.0%

Computer Science

11.0%

Mechanical Engineering

11.0%

Drafting And Design

9.0%

Electrical Engineering

8.0%

Business

6.0%

Photography

5.0%

Computer Applications

5.0%

Design And Visual Communication

4.0%

Graphic Communications

4.0%

Mathematics

3.0%

Digital Media

3.0%

Information Technology

3.0%

Communication

3.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

2.0%

Biology

2.0%

Fine Arts

2.0%

Physics

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.8%

Associate

13.1%

Other

13.1%

Masters

11.5%

Certificate

9.2%

License

0.8%

Diploma

0.8%

Doctorate

0.8%
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