Graphic Designer at a Glance

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Best States for Graphic Designer

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
New York 18,010 $59,140 $28
Minnesota 5,570 $46,830 $23
District of Columbia 1,330 $67,500 $32

Becoming a Graphic Designer

Graphic design jobs typically require candidates to have a bachelor's degree in graphic design or a related subject. Some employers may consider applicants who have degrees in other fields, such as web design, as well as extensive technical training in graphic design. In addition to a degree, candidates must also send in a professional portfolio that showcases examples of their work. This is particularly important to this profession because employers place great value on a candidate's design skills and creativity.

Undergraduate graphic design programs give students the chance to develop their skills while also allowing them to build a strong portfolio. Graphic design courses may include design fundamentals, web design, history and theory of design, color theory, and print production. These courses offer hands-on experience using graphics software, such as Adobe Photoshop or InDesign, to create images, brochures, logos, or websites. Students interested in graphic design schools should check to see if they're accredited by the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD). The NASAD approves colleges that meet an external set of criteria, which demonstrates a commitment to a high standard of academic quality and institutional integrity.

  • Digital Imaging
  • Web Design
  • Digital Layout
  • Design Process

Since graphic designers work with computer graphics and design software they need to say up-to-date on any updates that are released. Most companies don't have a set requirement for continuing education, and there are no licenses needed to work in a graphic design career. There are graphic design certificates available for current professionals in other fields, such as web design, who need to brush up on their creative skills. These certificates, which are offered by junior colleges and universities, feature study in drawing, digital imaging, and computer illustration.