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Become A Web Graphic Designer

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Working As A Web Graphic Designer

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

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $45,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Web 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.


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 Web 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.


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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Web Graphic Designer Career Paths

Web Graphic Designer
Creative Director Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Account Director
9 Yearsyrs
Art Director Creative Director Marketing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Director Writer And Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Web Design/Development Project Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Social Media Manager Media Manager Associate Media Director
Digital Media Director
7 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Web Producer Digital Producer
Digital Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Web Designer Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Art Director Marketing Director
Director Of Digital Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior Project Manager Marketing Consultant
Head Of Marketing
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Senior Web Designer Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
7 Yearsyrs
Front End Developer Senior Software Engineer Product Manager
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Senior Software Engineer Product Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Sales Consultant Marketing Consultant
Marketing Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Web Developer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Art Director Marketing Director Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Writer And Editor Media Specialist
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Art Director Marketing Specialist
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
User Interaction Designer User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Web Graphic Designer Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Cantonese

  • Arabic

  • Hindi

  • Turkish

  • Gujarati

  • Italian

  • Tagalog

  • Swedish

  • Dutch

  • Korean

  • Hebrew

  • Ukrainian

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Real Web Graphic Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Interactive Web Graphic Designer Fox News Network LLC New York, NY Jul 23, 2013 $109,777
Web & Graphic Designer MacQuarie Holdings (USA) Inc. New York, NY Aug 25, 2010 $100,000
Senior Web and Graphic Designer Hot Topic, Inc. Industry, CA Jun 15, 2015 $85,000
Web Graphics Expert Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 02, 2014 $85,000 -
Web Interactive Graphic Designer Fox News Network LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $82,850
Web Interactive Graphic Designer Fox News Network LLC New York, NY Jun 14, 2010 $80,000
Web/Graphic Designer Norvax Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2010 $80,000
Web Graphic Designer Livestream LLC New York, NY May 07, 2013 $76,856 -
Web Graphic Designer NDJ Sustainable Engineering, LLC CA Sep 16, 2016 $73,045
Web/Graphic Designer Innodial Communications, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 01, 2011 $72,000
Web/Graphic Designer Innodial Communications, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 07, 2011 $72,000
Web Graphic Designer Christian Copyright Licensing International, Inc. Portland, OR Mar 18, 2011 $71,885
Senior Web Graphic Designer Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Mar 01, 2010 $70,228
Japanese Web Graphic Designer Xponential, Inc. Provo, UT Nov 29, 2013 $51,397
Internet Production Artist/Web Graphic Designer Benchmark Brands, Inc. Norcross, GA Oct 01, 2009 $51,106
Website Graphic Designer Alchemy Ventures, Inc. Richardson, TX Sep 30, 2009 $50,400
Web Graphic Designer Soltech Us Corp Ridgefield, NJ Nov 27, 2015 $50,149
Web Graphic Designer Quijote Corporation Los Angeles, CA Oct 02, 2009 $50,000
Web/Graphic Designer Fluent, Inc. New York, NY Dec 10, 2010 $43,180
Web/Graphic Designer Fluent, Inc. New York, NY Jan 01, 2011 $43,180
Website Graphic Designer Elite Business Ventures, Inc. San Diego, CA Jun 25, 2014 $42,324
Web/Graphic Designer DR. Smoothie Brands, Inc. Fullerton, CA Oct 05, 2009 $42,000
Web Graphic Designer (Programmer) Visionaire Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 01, 2010 $42,000
Web Graphic Designer (Programmer) The Visionaire Group Los Angeles, CA Apr 01, 2010 $42,000
Web and APP Graphic Designer Sercle, Inc. Fremont, CA Aug 25, 2016 $41,740

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Top Skills for A Web Graphic Designer


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Top Web Graphic Designer Skills

  1. Company Website
  2. Adobe Photoshop
  3. Logo Design
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created and managed company website including taking pictures, designing all graphics and writing all code.
  • Updated and created new graphics, icons, and logos for requirement documentation and web applications using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Created graphics, Logo Design, and Photography, using Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Coded pages in HTML/CSS using Adobe Dreamweaver.
  • Web Designer & Graphic Designer - Web Editor & Content Management - Correspondent - Newspaper Page Design

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