Digital Designers


Overview

Introduction

Digital designers use computer tools and software to create artwork, designs, interactive online content, e-books, digital advertisements, and Web sites for corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. They manipulate different typefaces, font sizes, colors, images, and drawings for use in Web pages, multimedia, and interactive media.

Some digital designers specialize in a particular format or use. For example, Internet advertising designers use animation, sound, and text to create advertisements f...

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Median Salary

$75,000

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

One or two years' experience in traditional graphic design, plus


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Skills

Digital Media


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Personality Traits

Creative

Earnings

Full-time graphic designers earned median salaries of $50,370 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The top 10 percent earned $85,760 or more, and the lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,610.

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Work Environment

Most digital designers work 40-hour weeks, though overtime is often required when there are pending deadlines or special projects are assigned. They spend most of their time using computers, the Internet, and related technology, whether creating a design or illustration, fine-tuning computer coding, or testing interface usability. Travel is sometimes necessary to meet potential clients.

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Outlook

Employment for graphic designers is expected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), but opportunities should be much better for those who specialize in digital design. Employment of graphic designers in computer systems design and related services is projected to grow 24 percent over the same period, and job opportunities for designers who work for...

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