Graphic Designers

General Information

Description

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.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit63.45%
  2. Self-employed23.26%
  3. Private, not for profit7.79%
  4. State and local government3.99%
  5. Federal government0.83%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of graphic designers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 23,900 openings for graphic designers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$53,380

Military salary*

$59,185

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State-by-state Salary

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$79,340
$28,410
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 61%
  • Associate's degree 15%
  • Some college 7%
  • Post-secondary certificate 7%
  • High school 3%
  • Master's degree 3%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Design
  • Communications and Media
  • Fine Arts
  • Computers and Electronics
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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