USA Career Guide-Graphic Desinger

Education and Training Requirement of a Graphic Designer in the US:
  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design or related field is essential.
  • Bachelors degree in other fields are also eligible but should have creative bent and  technical knowledge of graphic designing. Companies also hire such student.
In the United States, 300 post-secondary colleges, universities and independent institutes offering courses in art and design are recognized by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. These schools train student in various programs on principles of design, studio art, computerized design, website design and printing techniques. Design programs also include Photoshop, Illustrator, and Quark.

In addition, students should have a fair bit of knowledge in writing, marketing, and business, all of which are useful in helping designers work effectively on project teams.

A high school student should study basic art and design in high school, if they wish to pursue a career in graphic designing.


Pay of a Graphic Designer in the US

Median annual wages, May 2010


Graphic Designers: $43,500

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations: $42,870


(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics)




Industry Overview


Employment of graphic designers is expected to increase by 13 percent from 279,200 in 2010 to 316,500 in 2020. With the increase in internet use, demand of website designers and internet graphic artists have increased. Employment for graphic designers in computer systems design and related services is expected to grow by 61 percent.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor)

Job Prospects of a Graphic Designer in the US

Graphic Designers can find work in:
  • Media houses
  • Websites
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Corporate houses
  • Entertainment companies
  • Advertising companies
  • PR firms
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