A bachelor's degree may lead to a career in graphic design

As the graphic design field expands, the industry will require more individuals who have earned at least a bachelor's degree.
As the graphic design field expands, the industry will require more individuals who have earned at least a bachelor's degree.

As employment in graphic design is expected to grow by about 13 percent between 2008 and 2018, the field will require more students with higher education to fill these positions, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

Individuals in this field analyze, plan and create visual communication tools, according to the source. They frequently use color, type, photography, animation, illustration and layout techniques to convey a particular message. These professionals may be employed by magazines, newspapers and other companies.

In order to compete for an entry-level position in this field, a bachelor's degree is usually required. Still, individuals who have a bachelor's in another field and are considering switching to graphic design can complete a two or three-year program to complete technical requirements, the source states.

Many colleges and universities offer their students graphic design classes. For example, the Pennsylvania College of Technology has a bachelor's degree program to prepare individuals for a career in the industry. Other schools that offer similar courses of study include Utah's Stevens-Henager College, California College San Diego and Massachusetts' Northeastern University, according to their websites.

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