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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

  • $49,000

    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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Junior Graphic Designer Career Paths

Junior Graphic Designer
Graphic Designer Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Consultant Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance 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 Principal
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer/Production Senior Graphic Designer Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer/Production Web Graphic Designer Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer/Production Lead Graphic Designer Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Designer Project Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing And Operations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Designer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Web Graphic Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Graphic Designer Senior Web Designer Art Director
Designation Marketing Director
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Artist Marketing Specialist Brand Manager
Marketing Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Web Designer Editor Senior Copywriter
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Artist Marketing Specialist Digital Marketing Manager
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Production Designer Studio Manager Traffic Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Artist Studio Manager Traffic Manager
Creative Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Artist 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
Marketing Designer 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Junior Graphic Designer
Internship 10.7%
Designer 2.5%
Cashier 2.3%
Assistant 1.5%
Volunteer 1.3%
Top Careers After Junior Graphic Designer
Designer 2.5%
Internship 1.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$49,000
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$31,000
Min 10%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Activision Blizzard
Highest Paying City
Columbia, MD
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Avg Experience Level
1.4 years
How much does a Junior Graphic Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Junior Graphic Designer in the United States is $49,318 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $76,000.

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 JAND Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2015 $50,000
Junior Graphic Designer Publicis Inc. New York, NY Oct 27, 2010 $50,000
Junior Graphic Designer Desantis Breindel Inc. New York, NY Sep 20, 2010 $50,000
Junior Graphic Designer MZ Wallace Inc. New York, NY Oct 12, 2015 $50,000
Junior Graphic Designer Desantis Breindel Inc. New York, NY Sep 28, 2010 $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 31, 2016 $43,000
Junior Graphic Designer The Jewish Museum New York, NY Oct 08, 2016 $43,000
JR. Graphic Designer Studentuniverse.com Inc. Waltham, MA Jun 30, 2014 $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
JR. Graphic Designer-Photo Retoucher Urban Outfitters, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Mar 04, 2015 $40,000
Junior Graphic Designer Matte-Finish, LLC New York, NY Jun 09, 2016 $40,000
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
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 Questex Media Group LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $37,128
Junior Graphic Designer Warehouse Agency, LLC New York, NY Sep 23, 2014 $37,128
Junior Graphic Designer Association Management Group, Inc. McLean, VA Oct 01, 2010 $37,000

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Top Skills for A Junior Graphic Designer

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Company Website
  3. Company Logos
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Practiced skills with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects.
  • Maintained company website and e-newsletter communication via ConstantContact.
  • Developed graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Internet websites
  • Designed in-house promotional advertising and brochures.
  • Retail design and installation for multiple boutiques, photoshoot organization and art direction, management of design interns and freelance artists.

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Junior Graphic Designer Demographics

Gender

Female

49.0%

Male

41.1%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

51.9%

Hispanic or Latino

22.3%

Asian

11.6%

Black or African American

9.5%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.7%

French

10.7%

Mandarin

8.7%

Chinese

7.8%

Japanese

5.8%

Portuguese

3.9%

Korean

2.9%

Swedish

1.9%

Russian

1.9%

Italian

1.9%

German

1.9%

Estonian

1.0%

Dutch

1.0%

Indonesian

1.0%

Bosnian

1.0%

Afrikaans

1.0%

Serbian

1.0%

Croatian

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%
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Junior Graphic Designer Education

Schools

School of Visual Arts

8.6%

Academy of Art University

7.6%

Savannah College of Art and Design

7.6%

Pratt Institute-Main

6.3%

Fashion Institute of Technology

6.3%

Art Institute of California - Inland

6.0%

Parsons the New School for Design

5.7%

San Jose State University

5.4%

Full Sail University

5.1%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

5.1%

Columbia College Chicago

4.8%

California State University - Long Beach

4.8%

California State University - Fullerton

4.4%

New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York

4.4%

Otis College of Art and Design

3.2%

Art Institute of Philadelphia

3.2%

Art Institute of Washington

2.9%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

2.9%

Miami International University of Art and Design

2.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

2.9%
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Majors

Graphic Design

61.0%

Design And Visual Communication

9.2%

Fine Arts

6.6%

Computer Applications

4.4%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.1%

Communication

2.1%

Graphic Communications

2.0%

Marketing

1.9%

Advertising

1.6%

Business

1.4%

Photography

1.2%

Animation

1.2%

Computer Science

1.0%

Management

0.8%

Entertainment Business

0.8%

Liberal Arts

0.6%

Architecture

0.6%

Public Relations

0.6%

Digital Media

0.5%

Computer Information Systems

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

66.3%

Associate

11.2%

Other

10.1%

Masters

7.8%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.1%
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