Projected Growth: Slower than average
Projected Job Openings
Considerable Preparation Needed
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
Desktop computersAll Tools
Computer laser printers
35 millimeter cameras
Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
Autodesk RevitAll Technologies
Cascading Style Sheets CSS
Computer aided design and drafting CADD software
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 iWork Keynote
Avid Pro Tools
Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
Dynamic hypertext markup language DHTML
Extensible HyperText Markup Language XHTML
MAXON CINEMA 4D
Nuance OmniPage Professional
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.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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.
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