Description: Graphic designers devise and develop numerous visual concepts, either by hand or through computer software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform and entertain consumers.
Knowledge Required: Basic principles and techniques of art and design, website design, graphic design
Skills: Artistic ability, communication skills, computer skills, customer service, complex problem solving, management
Career Path: Graphic designers undergo training in design, photography or drawing, among other forms of art. They take on many projects to gain design experience and include the resulting work a portfolio. Experienced graphic designers may advance to creative director, chief designer or other supervisory positions.
Best Cities for this job: California, New York, Texas, Florida and Illinois have the highest concentration of graphic designers.
Median Annual Income: National: $43,500 California: $62,000
Future Growth: The Bureau of Labor Statistic predicts a 13 percent growth in employment from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
From the field: "Design is really about a process of thinking creatively and critically about how to solve something in a way that not only makes sense to people, but produces a solution to a problem." - Maurice Woods, Graphic Designer, Co-Founder of the Inneract Project
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