Graphic Designers

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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 204,850 graphic designers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Flash Designers, Freelance Designers, Graphic Artists, In-House Designers, Interactive Advertising Designers, Interface Designers, Internet Advertising Designers, Staff Designers
Duties Use computer software and tools to create print and digital artwork, designs, interactive online content, e-books, digital advertisements, and Web sites
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Journalism
Experience Internship; one to three years’ experience
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Technical
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Art Director or New Media Producer
  • Chief Designer or Design Department Head
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Arts Technician or Assistant