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Working As A Junior Graphic Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $43,438

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior 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 Junior 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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Average Length of Employment
Graphic Artist 4.3 years
Graphic Designer 3.1 years
Freelance Designer 2.6 years
Marketing Designer 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 9.4%
Designer 1.9%
Server 1.6%
Volunteer 1.4%
Top Employers After
Designer 2.7%
Internship 2.0%

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Junior Graphic Designer Demographics

Gender

Female

53.8%

Male

43.2%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

51.5%

Hispanic or Latino

23.1%

Asian

12.1%

Black or African American

8.9%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.7%

Mandarin

11.1%

Chinese

9.3%

Japanese

7.4%

French

7.4%

Portuguese

3.7%

Russian

3.7%

Korean

3.7%

Swedish

1.9%

Indonesian

1.9%

Estonian

1.9%

German

1.9%

Afrikaans

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Italian

1.9%
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Junior Graphic Designer Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

11.7%

School of Visual Arts

9.7%

Fashion Institute of Technology

9.7%

Academy of Art University

6.2%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

6.2%

Full Sail University

5.5%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

4.1%

Art Institute of Washington

4.1%

Columbia College Chicago

4.1%

Art Institute of California - Inland

4.1%

Montclair State University

4.1%

Pratt Institute-Main

4.1%

San Jose State University

4.1%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.4%

Parsons the New School for Design

3.4%

Miami International University of Art and Design

3.4%

Boston University

3.4%

Syracuse University

2.8%

California State University - Fullerton

2.8%

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2.8%
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Majors

Graphic Design

59.8%

Design And Visual Communication

8.2%

Fine Arts

7.9%

Computer Applications

5.1%

Communication

2.6%

Marketing

2.5%

Graphic Communications

1.9%

Advertising

1.9%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.5%

Animation

1.3%

Business

1.3%

Computer Science

1.2%

Photography

1.0%

Architecture

0.7%

Liberal Arts

0.6%

Finance

0.6%

Digital Media

0.6%

Elementary Education

0.6%

Entertainment Business

0.4%

Management

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

65.9%

Associate

11.2%

Other

10.7%

Masters

7.0%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Real Junior Graphic Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Junior Graphic Designer Casper Sleep, Inc. New York, NY Jan 03, 2016 $60,000 -
$65,000
Junior Graphic Designer Lloyd and Company Advertising Inc. New York, NY Feb 10, 2014 $55,000
Junior Graphic Designer Net Esolutions Corporation McLean, VA Sep 01, 2013 $52,500
Junior Graphic Designer Rhinoceros Visual Effects and Design, LLC. New York, NY Dec 01, 2011 $51,132
Junior Graphic Designer Desantis Breindel Inc. New York, NY Sep 28, 2010 $50,000
Junior Graphic Designer Desantis Breindel Inc. New York, NY Sep 20, 2010 $50,000
Junior Graphic Designer Publicis Inc. New York, NY Oct 27, 2010 $50,000
Junior Graphic Designer JAND Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2015 $50,000
Junior Graphic Designer MZ Wallace Inc. New York, NY Oct 12, 2015 $50,000
Graphic Designer (Junior Art Director) Zambezi, LLC Culver City, CA Aug 22, 2016 $46,000 -
$56,000
Junior Graphic Designer The Jewish Museum New York, NY Oct 08, 2016 $43,000
Junior Graphic Designer The Jewish Museum New York, NY Oct 31, 2016 $43,000
Junior Graphic Designer Collection XIIX, Ltd. New York, NY Sep 01, 2013 $42,000
Junior Graphic Designer The Jewish Museum New York, NY Jun 27, 2014 $40,133
Graphic and Exhibit Junior Designer Apple Rock Advertising and Promotions, Inc. Greensboro, NC Oct 15, 2010 $40,061
Graphic and Exhibit Junior Designer Apple Rock Advertising & Promotions, Inc. Greensboro, NC Oct 01, 2010 $40,061
Junior Graphic Designer R/Ga Media Group Inc. New York, NY Dec 01, 2009 $40,000 -
$60,000
Junior Graphic Designer Fluent, LLC. New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $40,000
Junior Graphic Designer Pisarkiewicz Mazur+Co, Inc. New York, NY Sep 23, 2016 $40,000
JR. Graphic Designer-Photo Retoucher Urban Outfitters, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Mar 04, 2015 $40,000
Junior Graphic Designer Urban Outfitters, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Sep 03, 2014 $40,000
Junior Graphic Designer Colle & McVoy LLC Minneapolis, MN Oct 01, 2010 $38,500
Junior Graphic Designer Zero Division, LLC Emeryville, CA Jan 11, 2011 $38,401 -
$41,740
Junior Graphic Designer Neoscape, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 05, 2015 $38,397 -
$50,000
Junior Graphic Designer Warehouse Agency, LLC New York, NY Sep 23, 2014 $37,128
Junior Graphic Designer Questex Media Group LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $37,128
Junior Graphic Designer Funny or Die, Inc. New York, NY May 23, 2011 $37,000

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Top Skills for A Junior Graphic Designer

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  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Company Website
  3. Company Logos
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  • Practiced skills with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects.
  • Redesign company websites with a focus on responsiveness, user experience, and a modern design.
  • Web design for retail, fashion and food companies.
  • Assist with creation of collateral including brochures, sell sheets, labels, and all other print design.
  • Designed art and copy layouts for material to be presented by magazine, newspapers, and packing.

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