|Quick Facts: Graphic Designers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$43,500 per year
$20.92 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||279,200|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||13% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||37,300|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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