Graphic Design Careers
Graphic designers create visual solutions to solve a client’s communication challenges or meet a target audience’s needs. Those that work at advertising agencies and design firms affect a wide variety of visual media such as print, web and film. Others specialize in areas such as packaging or furniture design. Those who seek a graphic design degree should have a strong interest or background in illustration or fine art, and be able to express ideas through sketching. 25% of graphic designers freelance in addition to their regular salaried position.
Graphic design professionals may work in a variety of environments, including:
- Advertising agencies
- Design firms
- In-house design departments
- Printing companies
- Publishing companies
Graphic design professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:
- Communicating ideas on paper, on the computer and verbally
- Ability to work within a team
- An eye for detail, color, proportion
- Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, HTML and CAD
The majority of accredited graphic design schools require students to devote their first year to basic art and design principles, before declaring a major. Schools also require a portfolio showcasing both sketching and computer program knowledge. This is much like the real world: graphic designers secure positions largely because of their portfolios.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008