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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.
Average Length of Employment
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Hispanic or Latino9.0%
Black or African American0.5%
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Austin Community College10.3%
San Jose State University9.7%
Savannah College of Art and Design7.1%
Institute for Business and Technology6.5%
University of Phoenix6.5%
Kansas State University5.2%
University of Wisconsin - Stout4.5%
Macomb Community College4.5%
Arizona State University4.5%
Texas State University4.5%
Oakland Community College4.5%
State University of New York College of Technology at Alfred3.9%
Central Michigan University3.9%
University of Alabama3.2%
Mesa Community College - Boswell3.2%
University of North Texas3.2%
University of Texas at Dallas3.2%
University of Texas at Austin3.2%
De Anza College3.2%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Layout Designer||Altera Corporation||San Jose, CA||Nov 05, 2016||$168,000 -
|Staff Layout Designer||Arm, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 22, 2015||$124,280|
|Layout Designer, MTS (Electrical Engineer)||Altera Corporation||San Jose, CA||Sep 10, 2013||$121,919 -
|Staff Layout Designer||Arm, Inc.||Austin, TX||May 18, 2016||$116,690|
|Staff Layout Designer||Arm, Inc.||Austin, TX||Sep 05, 2014||$109,140 -
|Layout Designer, MTS (Electrical Engineer)||Altera Corporation||San Jose, CA||Sep 10, 2010||$106,368 -
|SR. Principal Layout Designer||Skyworks Solutions, Inc.||Parksdale, CA||Jul 29, 2016||$105,000|
|Senior Principal Layout Designer||Skyworks Solutions, Inc.||Parksdale, CA||Jun 09, 2014||$105,000|
|Senior Layout Designer||Arm, Inc.||Austin, TX||Aug 14, 2014||$95,200 -
|Layout Designer (Technician)||Texas Instruments Incorporated||Dallas, TX||Jul 24, 2015||$93,080|
|Senior Layout Designer||Arm, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 14, 2014||$89,600 -
|Senior Principal Layout Designer||Skyworks Solutions, Inc.||Woburn, MA||Aug 21, 2011||$86,000|
|Plant Layout Designer||Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (USA), Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Sep 19, 2015||$84,302 -
|Integrated Circuit (IC) Layout Designer||TSMC Technology, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jan 12, 2016||$82,264 -
|IC Layout Designer||Mediatek USA, Inc.||Austin, TX||Sep 26, 2012||$65,000|
|Layout Designer 2||Altera Corporation||San Jose, CA||Sep 08, 2015||$63,611 -
|Layout Engineering Designer||Vanderlande Industries, Inc.||Marietta, GA||Sep 09, 2014||$55,765 -
|Layout Engineering Designer||Vanderlande Industries, Inc.||Marietta, GA||Sep 16, 2013||$54,274|
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