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Arts & Communications Pathway

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Arts & Communications Pathway

Graphic Design

What Graphic Designers Do

Graphic designers create visual concepts, by hand or using computer software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. They help to make an organization recognizable by selecting color, images, or logo designs that represent a particular idea or identity to be used in advertising and promotions.

Work Environment

Most graphic designers are employed in specialized design services, publishing, or advertising, public relations and related services.

How to Become a Graphic Designer

A bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field is usually required for jobs in this field. Candidates should demonstrate their creativity and originality through a professional portfolio that features their best designs.


The median annual wage of graphic designers was $43,500 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment of graphic designers is projected to increase by 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. High job turnover should result in numerous openings. However, competition for senior graphic designer positions will be very strong.

Quick Facts: Graphic Designers
2010 Median Pay $43,500 per year
Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2010 279,200
Job Outlook, 2010-20 13% growth rate

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