A Career in Graphic Design

If you are looking for a career that allows you to harness your creativity and inform and inspire the masses, graphic design may be the perfect career for you. As the profession grows in popularity and recognition, aspiring designers are pursuing their dream of a career in graphic design either through obtaining a Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design or Bachelor’s Degree.
What do graphic designers do? Graphic designers are used in a variety of media, creating visual concepts through computer software or by hand in order to communicate a message. Media and a multitude of other industries use graphic designers to develop the overall layout and design for magazines, newspapers, Web sites, and advertisements. Graphic designers take the latest technology and utilize it to create a work of art that inspires, informs and engages consumers.
A Bachelor’s Degree is normally required for graphic design positions while some employers do hire based on an Associate’s Degree. The field normally requires very little to no work experience in a related occupation, though a well-developed and thorough portfolio is recommended if you want to land good job in graphic design.
According the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pay in the graphic design field is $21.22 per hour or $44,150 annually, depending on the location of the position. Obviously jobs in more populated and metropolitan areas tend to pay more than positions in smaller, more remote locales.
A poll in 2012 conducted by the US BLS reported approximately 259,500 graphic design positions. The job outlook from 2012 to 2022, however, is slightly lower than average with 17,400 positions expected to be added at a rate of 7 percent.
Graphic design positions are available in a multitude of companies, including design services, publishing or advertising firms, public relations and print media. However, many graduates go the route of freelance graphic design, as about 24 percent of graphic designers were reported to be self-employed as of 2012.
Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/graphic-designers.htm

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