Graphic designers plan and create images on paper or electronically to be used for publication in print or on the internet.
Some graphic designers also create moving images, or animation, for use on the internet or in movies. Graphic designers develop the overall layout and production design of magazines, newspapers, journals, corporate reports, and other publications.
They then submit these designs electronically to a printer who turns it into a finished publication. Common responsibilities include:
- Conceiving an idea for a layout or animation presentation
- Selecting the proper software and tools for design
- Designing the layout and preparing it for production
- Producing a final draft or sample for presentation
- Backing up files and creating repository for future use or reference
A Bachelors degree or two or three year Associates degree is required for any entry level graphic design job. There are those who freelance without the education but rarely do well.
Job outlooks for graphic designers are good for those with the proper training and education. Positions in print are declining but opportunities to work in films and on the internet are increasing. Graphic designers make annual salaries of between $24,000 and $70,000 a year.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor