The Occupational Outlook Handbook indicates that employment of graphic designers is expected to grow about as fast as average through the year 2018. Graphic design is a career in which individuals can utilize their creativity to illustrate publications in a comfortable working environment.
Graphic designers are artists who create visual messages for print publications and electronic media. Designers produce advertising layouts, promotional materials and illustrations for businesses, magazines, newspapers and journals. Graphic designers can be employees or work on a freelance or contract basis to meet the needs of their clients.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "graphic designers employed by large advertising, publishing, or design firms generally work regular hours in well-lighted and comfortable settings." Some designers work in close proximity to one another, causing their work environment to be more congested. Self-employed graphic designers have the freedom to create a design studio or office that is comfortable and inspirational. Freelance designers work as many hours are necessary to meet client deadlines and individual goals.
Designers usually have education and training in fine arts or graphic design and hold a bachelor's degree or higher in their discipline. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "a bachelor's degree in graphic design is usually required for most entry-level and advanced graphic design positions." Successful designers also possess creativity and problem-solving skills.
2016 Salary Information for Graphic Designers
Graphic designers earned a median annual salary of $47,640 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, graphic designers earned a 25th percentile salary of $35,560, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $63,340, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 266,300 people were employed in the U.S. as graphic designers.