WHAT DO GRAPHIC DESIGNERS DO?
Have a flair for art? Are you handy with a pencil? Stop doodling and start drawing a decent paycheck as a graphic designer. Graphic designers create art for companies to back up their message. This could be through logos, designs, or art for an entire advertising campaign. Graphic designers work with traditional art mediums or using computers for advertising and promotions.
Graphic designers meet with clients to discuss look and feel of the design, work with copywriters and art directors, and have an eye for what is new and exciting in the market. Their flair for the creative is what makes graphic designers successful.
HOW MUCH DO GRAPHIC DESIGNERS MAKE?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that graphic designers made a median hourly income of $20.92 per hour, or $45,500 a year in 2010.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Companies will expect a bachelor's degree in graphic design or similar area of study. But to really get the job, you will need a professional portfolio that demonstrates the scope of your talent, and the depth and breadth of your work. This can be done through school, internships and other experience.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Artistic Ability: You will need to make art. What's more, it has to be appealing to a wide audience, including the clients and the people they are trying to sell to. You will need to work on projects multiple times, based on suggestions from clients and management.
- Communication Skills: You will need the ability to listen to client's needs, understand what market they are trying to appeal to, and explain your artistic vision for the project. Excellent communication skills will help you defend your work and promote your ideas.
- Computer Skills: Today's graphic designer will need to work with various computer programs.
- Creativity: Graphic designers must always be thinking of new ideas, or new twists on old concepts, and be able to translate that into new design.
- Teamwork: You will be working with other designers, copywriters, and art directors as a team.
- Time-Management: You will be working on many projects, but you also have to know when to stop working on a precious piece of art. Time management will help you greatly.
CAREER PATHS FOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS
THE FUTURE OF GRAPHIC DESIGNERS
Graphic designer jobs are projected to grow steadily through 2020, according to the BLS.