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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.
Graphic designers typically do the following:
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.
Graphic designers held about 279,200 jobs in 2010. Graphic designers are most commonly employed in the following industries:
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.
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.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
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