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Graphic Designers

Graphic Designers
Quick Facts : Graphic Designers*
2010 Median Pay$43,500
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012279,200
Job Outlook13% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change37,300

Graphic designers create visual concepts by with computer software or by hand. Their designs communicate ideas to appeal to the consumers and help organizations gain recognition through images and logo design.

What Graphic Designers Do

  • Meet with clients or the art director to determine the scope of a project
  • Create images that identify a product or convey a message
  • Develop graphics and visual or audio images for product illustrations, logos, and websites
  • Create designs either by hand or using computer software packages
  • Incorporate changes recommended by the clients into the final design

Work Environment

Most of these workers are employed in specialized design services, publishing, or advertising, public relations and related services. In 2010, about 29 percent of graphic designers were self-employed.
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Job Outlook

Employment of graphic designers is expected to increase by 13 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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In May 2010 the average salary of graphic designers was $43,500.
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Becoming a Graphic Designers

A bachelor's degree in graphic design or a related field is usually required for these positions. Candidates should demonstrate their creativity and originality through a professional portfolio featuring their best designs.
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