Graphic Designers


Overview

Introduction

Graphic designers, also known as graphic artists, are practical artists whose creations are intended to express ideas, convey information, or draw attention to a product. They design a wide variety of materials including advertisements, marketing materials, displays, packaging, signs, computer graphics and games, book and magazine covers and interiors, animated characters, Web pages, interactive media, and company logos to fit the needs and preferences of their various clients. There are 290,100 graphic designers employed i...

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Median Salary

$50,370

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Internship


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Skills

Digital Media


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Personality Traits

Artistic

Earnings

The range of salaries for graphic designers is quite broad. Salaries depend primarily on the nature and scope of the employer. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that in May 2018, graphic designers earned a median salary of $50,370; the highest paid 10 percent earned $85,760 or more, while the lowest paid 10 percent earned $29,610 or less.

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Work Environment

Most graphic designers work regular hours in clean, comfortable, pleasant offices or studios. Conditions vary depending on the design specialty. Some graphic designers work in small establishments with few employees; others work in large organizations with large design departments. Some deal mostly with their coworkers; others may have a lot of public contact. Freelance designers are paid by th...

Outlook

Employment for graphic designers is expected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Companies and other organizations for which graphic design was once too time consuming or costly are now sprucing up company newsletters and magazines and developing or improving Web sites, among other things, requiring the skills of design professionals. 

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