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Become A Visual Designer

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Working As A Visual Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $70,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Visual Designer Do

A Visual Designer develops concepts, artwork, and layouts for digital projects based on creative briefs and client meetings. They may be hired by advertising agencies, architectural firms, and video game developers.

How To Become A Visual 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.


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.


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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16,688 Visual Designer jobs

The Boss Group
Dallas, TX
Visual Designer

$59,215 Estimated

Robert Half
San Francisco, CA
Visual Designer

$80,000 Estimated

Bank of America
Charlotte, NC
Visual Designer - XD

$49,847 Estimated

Menlo Park, CA
Visual Designer

$84,261 Estimated

Kelly Services
Milpitas, CA
Visual Designer

$97,000 Estimated

Costar Group
Atlanta, GA
Visual Designer

$58,384 Estimated

Menlo Park, CA
Visual Designer

$84,261 Estimated

Millenniumsoft Inc.
San Diego, CA
Interaction Designer / Visual Designer

$52,158 Estimated

San Francisco, CA
Visual Designer

$80,000 Estimated

Ettain Group
San Francisco, CA
Visual Designer

$80,000 Estimated

Zenimax Media
Cockeysville, MD
Visual Designer

$70,000 Estimated

Chicago, IL
Visual Designer

$56,039 Estimated

Verizon Communications
Atlanta, GA
Visual Designer

$58,384 Estimated

Costrar Group
Atlanta, GA
Visual Designer

$58,384 Estimated

San Francisco, CA
Visual Designer

$80,000 Estimated

San Jose, CA
Visual Designer

$97,000 Estimated

New York, NY
Visual Designer

$55,000 Estimated

El Segundo, CA
Visual Designer

$83,928 Estimated

Hunter Technical Resources
Atlanta, GA
Visual Designer

$58,384 Estimated

Expedia Inc.
Bellevue, WA
Visual Designer

$67,263 Estimated

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Real Visual Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Principal Visual Designer Nokia USA Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 14, 2016 $180,000
Director of Visual Design Fantasy Interactive Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 16, 2016 $160,000
Visual Designer Life360, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2015 $150,000
Visual Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 08, 2015 $140,000
Visual Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jul 27, 2016 $140,000
Visual Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 05, 2016 $140,000
Visual Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 08, 2016 $140,000
Brand and Visual Designer Blend Labs, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 29, 2016 $140,000
Visual Designer Google Inc. Cambridge, MA Jul 15, 2016 $140,000
Visual Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 21, 2016 $131,200
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Top Skills for A Visual Designer


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Top Visual Designer Skills

  1. Company Website
  2. User Interface
  3. Visual Design
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created high quality interactive graphics that portray the engineering specifications of products for printed customer literature and the company website.
  • Developed user interfaces based on high level strategic concepts.
  • Increased office productivity by providing technological support and visual design.
  • Related Software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
  • Provide art direction and guidance to layout designers and illustrators.

Top Visual Designer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Visual Designer

  1. IBM
  2. Amazon
  3. Sears Holdings Corporation
  4. Openmarketing
  5. Oracle Corporation
  6. Irene's Story Boutique
  7. Princeton University, Office of Development
  8. Autotrader.Com
  9. Knewton
  10. Invodo
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