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Working As A Media Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $57,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Media 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 Media 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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Media Designer Career Paths

Media Designer
Freelance Designer Senior Designer Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Marketing Coordinator Marketing Specialist
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Marketing Coordinator Marketing Consultant
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Designer Owner Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Designer Project Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Designer Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing And Operations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Web Graphic Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Graphic Designer Senior Graphic Designer Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Web Graphic Designer Web Design/Development Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Art Director Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer Senior User Experience Designer Art Director
Designation Marketing Director
5 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Marketing Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Co-Founder Digital Marketing Manager
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Interactive Designer Visual Designer
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Multimedia Designer Production Manager Print Production Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
User Experience Designer Marketing Manager Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Creative Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Designer Design Manager Graphic Design Manager
Creative Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Graphic Designer 3.1 years
Media Producer 3.0 years
Media Designer 3.0 years
Creative Designer 2.9 years
Freelance Designer 2.5 years
Marketing Designer 2.5 years
Media Developer 2.5 years
Visual Designer 2.3 years
Digital Designer 2.2 years
Web Designer 2.1 years
Top Careers Before Media Designer
Internship 7.5%
Designer 5.6%
Manager 2.2%
Top Careers After Media Designer
Designer 3.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$57,000
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$41,000
Min 10%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Groupon
Highest Paying City
Coral Gables, FL
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Media Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Media Designer in the United States is $57,287 per year or $28 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $41,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $79,000.

Real Media Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Multi-Media Designer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Aug 31, 2016 $91,086
Multi-Media Designer/Animator Buck Design, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 04, 2010 $80,000
Senior Media Designer Spinmedia New York, NY Jun 12, 2013 $76,544
Senior Media Designer Spinmedia New York, NY May 27, 2013 $75,000
Senior Media Designer, Mobile Applications Uptown Vibe Holdings, LLC New York, NY Oct 15, 2012 $75,000
Senior Media Designer Marketgrader.com Corp. Coral Gables, FL Oct 01, 2011 $66,000
Multi-Media Designer/Animator Buck Design, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Dec 01, 2009 $65,000
Interactive Media Designer Nova Engineering Ltd. Billerica, MA May 15, 2015 $65,000
Associate Interactive Media Designer Interactive Intelligence Group, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Sep 10, 2014 $65,000 -
$75,000
Multi-Media Art Designer Seoul Broadcasting System Co. Ltd. Los Angeles, CA Mar 15, 2013 $62,714
Motion Media Designer Quietfx, LLC New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $62,500
Motion Media Designer Quietfx, LLC New York, NY Jun 17, 2015 $62,500
Media Designer Just Energy Us Corp. Houston, TX Jan 10, 2016 $62,200
Interactive Media Designer Nova Engineering Ltd. Billerica, MA Mar 18, 2016 $60,882
Senior Multi Media Designer ABC Imaging of Washington Kansas City, MO Jul 21, 2016 $55,182
Creative Media Designer Cybis Communications Corporation Orlando, FL Feb 01, 2015 $55,120 -
$56,000
Multi-Media Artist and Designer Drumbeat Digital, LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $55,000
Media Designer Monster Worldwide, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 10, 2010 $55,000 -
$60,000
Senior Media Designer Blackbook Media Corp. New York, NY Feb 01, 2011 $55,000
Cross Media Designer Print International New York, NY Dec 21, 2009 $52,175
Multi Media Designer Davis ELEN Advertising, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 11, 2013 $50,000 -
$65,000
Multi Media Designer Adamericas, LLC Los Angeles, CA Sep 13, 2013 $50,000 -
$65,000
Media and Animation Designer Rightaction Management LLC Philadelphia, PA Oct 01, 2015 $45,000 -
$55,000
Media and Animation Designer Rightaction Management LLC Philadelphia, PA Feb 03, 2015 $45,000 -
$55,000
Media and Animation Designer Rightaction Management, LLC Philadelphia, PA Mar 04, 2014 $45,000 -
$55,000
Media Designer Scad Group, Inc. Savannah, GA May 24, 2010 $45,000
Dynamic Media Designer The Big Studio, LLC Shrewsbury, MA Sep 29, 2012 $45,000
Media Designer Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA Nov 19, 2014 $45,000
Media Designer McKenzie Holland Inc. Orange, CA Jan 05, 2016 $45,000 -
$65,000
Multi-Media Artist and Designer BNT, LLC San Francisco, CA Jan 30, 2012 $44,474

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Top Skills for A Media Designer

  1. Company Website
  2. Adobe Photoshop
  3. Video Production
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design and maintain the company website including photographs of all new and used vehicle inventory.
  • Designed brochures, posters and info graphics using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign.
  • Introduced In-House digital photography & audio/video production.
  • Spearheaded internal ITOS (Interactive Template Organization System) initiative to restructure and streamline company-wide production process for all interactive media.
  • Created online rich media advertising building interactive Flash banners for marketing campaigns.

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Top 10 Best States for Media Designers

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  2. New York
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Washington
  5. Virginia
  6. Alaska
  7. Connecticut
  8. Oregon
  9. Rhode Island
  10. New Jersey
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Media Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

60.2%

Female

30.7%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

10.3%

Asian

10.1%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.7%

French

12.2%

Mandarin

8.2%

Korean

8.2%

Chinese

6.1%

German

6.1%

Japanese

6.1%

Portuguese

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Bengali

2.0%

Tagalog

2.0%

Dutch

2.0%

Polish

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Hindi

2.0%
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Media Designer Education

Schools

Full Sail University

17.0%

Savannah College of Art and Design

13.8%

Academy of Art University

8.0%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

6.9%

Arizona State University

5.3%

Art Institute of California - Inland

4.3%

Art Institute of Houston

4.3%

University of the Arts

3.7%

Art Institute of Seattle

3.7%

New York University

3.2%

University of Cincinnati

3.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.2%

University of Houston

3.2%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.2%

Fashion Institute of Technology

3.2%

Ball State University

3.2%

Rhode Island School of Design

2.7%

San Francisco State University

2.7%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.7%

Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago

2.7%
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Majors

Graphic Design

34.9%

Fine Arts

7.1%

Communication

6.7%

Design And Visual Communication

6.3%

Photography

6.3%

Computer Applications

5.9%

Animation

4.1%

Business

3.9%

Computer Science

3.8%

Marketing

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.1%

Digital Media

2.0%

Entertainment Business

1.8%

Information Technology

1.8%

Graphic Communications

1.7%

Advertising

1.7%

Education

1.4%

Journalism

1.4%

Management

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.0%

Masters

15.2%

Other

14.9%

Associate

11.2%

Certificate

3.9%

Doctorate

0.9%

Diploma

0.8%
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