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Working As A Junior Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $50,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior 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 Junior 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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Junior Designer Career Paths

Junior Designer
Designer Project Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Designer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager
Marketing And Operations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Senior Designer Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Designer Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Graphic Designer Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Senior Designer Senior User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design And Production Assistant Design Consultant Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Designer Web Design/Development Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Owner Art Director
Designation Marketing Director
5 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Marketing Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Design Technician Computer Aided Design Designer Product Designer
Product Design Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Designer Editor Senior Copywriter
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Co-Founder Digital Marketing Manager
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Logistics Coordinator Traffic Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Artist Studio Manager Traffic Manager
Creative Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Design Manager Graphic Design Manager
Creative Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Owner & Designer 6.1 years
Interior Designer 4.3 years
Senior Designer 4.2 years
Custom Designer 3.4 years
Designer 3.1 years
Project Designer 3.0 years
House Designer 2.5 years
Freelance Designer 2.5 years
Associate Designer 2.3 years
Junior Designer 2.0 years
Assistant Designer 1.7 years
Design Internship 0.6 years
Top Careers Before Junior Designer
Internship 18.2%
Designer 7.7%
Assistant 2.8%
Draftsman 2.3%
Drafter 2.1%
Cashier 1.8%
Volunteer 1.7%
Top Careers After Junior Designer
Designer 16.6%
Internship 2.7%
Owner 2.0%

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Junior Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

44.5%

Female

44.1%

Unknown

11.4%
Ethnicity

White

55.1%

Hispanic or Latino

17.8%

Asian

12.5%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.6%

French

9.2%

Chinese

6.2%

Mandarin

5.6%

Italian

5.6%

Japanese

5.6%

Russian

3.1%

Portuguese

3.1%

Arabic

2.6%

Korean

2.1%

German

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Turkish

1.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Carrier

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Marathi

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Gujarati

0.5%

Hebrew

0.5%
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Junior Designer Education

Schools

Fashion Institute of Technology

16.2%

Savannah College of Art and Design

9.0%

Academy of Art University

6.6%

School of Visual Arts

6.4%

Pratt Institute-Main

6.4%

Parsons the New School for Design

6.3%

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

4.7%

New York School of Interior Design

4.2%

University of Delaware

4.2%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

4.1%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4.1%

Rhode Island School of Design

3.9%

State University of New York at Binghamton

3.5%

Northeastern University

3.5%

Syracuse University

3.4%

New York University

2.9%

Otis College of Art and Design

2.7%

Art Institute of California - Inland

2.7%

Drexel University

2.7%

Pennsylvania State University

2.5%
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Majors

Graphic Design

35.0%

Interior Design

17.4%

Architecture

8.1%

Fine Arts

5.7%

Design And Visual Communication

5.6%

Mechanical Engineering

5.1%

Drafting And Design

4.9%

Business

2.6%

Interior Architecture

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Computer Applications

1.6%

Photography

1.2%

Communication

1.2%

Environmental Design

1.2%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.0%

Computer Engineering

1.0%

Graphic Communications

0.9%

Management

0.9%

Biomedical Engineering

0.9%

Marketing

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

61.3%

Other

12.0%

Masters

11.9%

Associate

11.1%

Certificate

2.7%

Diploma

0.7%

Doctorate

0.2%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$33,000
Min 10%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
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Median 50%
$77,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Ohio
Avg Experience Level
1.6 years
How much does a Junior Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Junior Designer in the United States is $50,991 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $77,000.

Real Junior Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Junior Designer Code and Theory LLC New York, NY Sep 14, 2015 $75,000
Junior Designer/Architecture Robinson Mills + Williams San Francisco, CA Jul 22, 2015 $67,500
Junior Designer George P. Johnson Company San Francisco, CA Sep 08, 2015 $65,000
Junior Designer Hatch Design LLC San Francisco, CA Jan 04, 2016 $65,000
Junior Designer Code and Theory LLC New York, NY Sep 18, 2015 $65,000
Junior Designer The Barbarian Group LLC New York, NY Sep 20, 2016 $62,500
Architectural Junior Designer Des Architects + Engineers, Inc. Redwood City, CA Nov 29, 2016 $60,694
Staff Junior Designer) Hargreaves Associates, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 11, 2015 $60,000
Junior Designer Code and Theory LLC New York, NY Sep 12, 2015 $60,000
Junior Designer/Technician (Architecture) Neumann Sloat Arnold Architects LLP Oakland, CA Sep 17, 2016 $60,000
Junior Designer Stephen Sills Associates, LLC New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $60,000
Junior Designer Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz San Francisco, CA Apr 02, 2015 $58,448
Junior Designer/Architect Walzwork Inc. New York, NY Dec 20, 2016 $58,436
Junior Staff Designer Nardi Associates LLP Monrovia, CA Jun 08, 2016 $57,768
Junior Designer Hammel Green & Abrahamson Inc. Santa Monica, CA Sep 20, 2016 $52,217
Junior Urban Designer Scape Landscape Architecture PLLC New York, NY Jul 21, 2015 $52,000
Junior Designer Noll & Tam Architects Berkeley, CA Aug 26, 2016 $51,500
Junior Designer TPG Architecture, LLP New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $51,000
Junior Designer MVE + Partners, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 24, 2016 $50,338
Junior Designer Studio 3 Design, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 15, 2016 $50,088
JR. Designer Phenomenon Marketing and Entertainment, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 19, 2016 $50,000
Junior Designer Meyer Davis Studio, Inc. New York, NY Apr 13, 2015 $50,000
JR. Designer Kyu Lee Architect, P.C. NY Sep 03, 2016 $47,653
Junior Designer Goldstein, Hill and West Architects, LLP New York, NY Oct 08, 2016 $47,653
Junior Designer Maiarelli Rathkopf Inc. New York, NY May 05, 2016 $47,000
Junior Designer Baldauf Catton Von Eckartsberg Architects San Francisco, CA Sep 19, 2015 $47,000 -
$51,000
Junior Designer Studio Link-Arc, LLC New York, NY Jul 09, 2016 $47,000 -
$53,000
Junior Designer Point Design Architects PC New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $46,958
Junior Designer/Interiors Robinson Mills + Williams San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2015 $46,509
Junior Designer HKS, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 04, 2015 $46,250

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Top Skills for A Junior Designer

  1. Graphic Design
  2. Engineering Department
  3. Adobe Photoshop
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  • Promoted from Volunteer to Junior Graphic Designer within the organization.
  • Designed and fabricated prototypes of furniture products for engineering department.
  • Assisted the graphics design team developing presentation drawings using Adobe Photoshop.
  • Operated the Ashlar Score CAD Program Design & Pack outs Approval of all product specs and cutting die equipment
  • Specified new open- plan and private office furniture.

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