Graphic Designers

Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Median Annual Wage: $45,900

Education: Bachelor's degree (81%); Associate's degree (11%); Some college, no degree (4%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Designer; Design Director; Creative Director; Artist; Graphic Designer; Graphic Artist; Composing Room Supervisor; Creative Manager; Desktop Publisher; Graphic Designer/Production

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Graphic Designers.

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  • Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type.
  • Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.
  • Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Web sites.
  • Review final layouts and suggest improvements as needed.
  • Prepare illustrations or rough sketches of material, discussing them with clients or supervisors and making necessary changes.
  • Use computer software to generate new images.
  • Key information into computer equipment to create layouts for client or supervisor.
  • Maintain archive of images, photos, or previous work products.
  • Prepare notes and instructions for workers who assemble and prepare final layouts for printing.
  • Draw and print charts, graphs, illustrations, and other artwork, using computer.
  • Study illustrations and photographs to plan presentation of materials, products, or services.
  • Research new software or design concepts.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Graphic Designers.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Graphic Designers.

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