Graphic Designers

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications > Visual Arts

Projected Growth: Slower than average

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Common job titles of Graphic Designers include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 61.54% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 15.38% said they needed a Associate's Degree.


    Create designs, concepts, and sample layouts, based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.

    Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type.

    Use computer software to generate new images.

    Review final layouts and suggest improvements as needed.

    Key information into computer equipment to create layouts for client or supervisor.

    Research new software or design concepts.

    Study illustrations and photographs to plan presentation of materials, products, or services.

    Prepare illustrations or rough sketches of material, discussing them with clients or supervisors and making necessary changes.

    Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Web sites.

    Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.

    Maintain archive of images, photos, or previous work products.

    Prepare notes and instructions for workers who assemble and prepare final layouts for printing.

    Draw and print charts, graphs, illustrations, and other artwork, using computer.

    Mark up, paste, and assemble final layouts to prepare layouts for printer.

    Photograph layouts, using camera, to make layout prints for supervisors or clients.

    Produce still and animated graphics for on-air and taped portions of television news broadcasts, using electronic video equipment.


Wide format printers

Photocopying equipment

Personal computers

Laptop computers

Graphics tablets

Digital cameras

Desktop computers

All Tools

Computer scanners

Computer laser printers

35 millimeter cameras


Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign


Apple macOS

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D

Autodesk Revit

All Technologies

Bentley MicroStation

Cascading Style Sheets CSS

Computer aided design and drafting CADD software



Google Docs

Hypertext markup language HTML




Oracle JavaServer Pages JSP

PTC Creo Parametric

SignCAD Systems SignCAD

Trimble SketchUp Pro


Adobe Systems Adobe ActionScript

Adobe Systems Adobe Cold Fusion

Adobe Systems Adobe Distiller

Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Systems Adobe Flash

Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player

Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker

Adobe Systems Adobe FreeHand

Adobe Systems Adobe Macromedia HomeSite

Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker

Adobe Systems Adobe Premiere Pro

Apple Final Cut Pro

Apple iMovie

Apple iWork Keynote

Avid Pro Tools

Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite

Corel WordPerfect Office Suite

Dynamic hypertext markup language DHTML

Extensible HyperText Markup Language XHTML

FileMaker Pro


Nuance OmniPage Professional

Oracle Eloqua

Quark Xpress



Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Operations Analysis

Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas

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