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Graphic designer.

GRAPHIC DESIGNERS PLAN AND CREATE LAYOUTS AND DESIGNS for print and electronic media using color, type, illustration, photography, animation and other visual elements. They may prepare layouts as sketches or use specialized computer software.

The Workplace

Graphic designers may be employed by advertising, publishing, multi-media, printing and design companies. Some may have their own studios or work as freelance designers.

Educational Requirements

Postsecondary education is usually required for the technical and creative skills of the graphic design field. Many technical and community colleges offer associate degrees and certificates in graphic design, and according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, these credentials lead to jobs requiring technical skills, but the more creative careers in graphic design may require a bachelor's degree.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual wages for graphic designers were $42,400 in May 2008, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $74,660. Design directors and graphic designers with ownership interests in a firm earned about $95,000.

Job Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that employment of graphic designers will grow about 13 percent from 2008 to 2018, but those with Web site design and animation experience will be especially needed as demand increases in interactive media. For those with a liberal arts education and experience in marketing and business management, jobs will also be available in developing communication strategics. T




For more information about the career of graphic designer and the education and training it requires, here are some places to turn.

Accrediting Commission for Community and Precollegiate Arts Schools

American Institute of Graphic Arts

Art Directors Club

Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation

National Association of Schools of Art and Design

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