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Graphic Designer

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Graphic Designers Career Video

About This Career

Designs or creates graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Visual Arts pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Determines size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and selects style and size of type.
  • Confers with clients to discuss and determine layout design.
  • Creates designs, concepts, and sample layouts, based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.
  • Develops graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Web sites.
  • Uses computer software to generate new images.
  • Reviews final layouts and suggests improvements, as needed.
  • Maintains archive of images, photos, or previous work products.
  • Prepares illustrations or rough sketches of material, discussing them with clients or supervisors and making necessary changes.
  • Draws and prints charts, graphs, illustrations, and other artwork, using computer.
  • Keys information into computer equipment to create layouts for client or supervisor.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Artist
  • Designer
  • Graphic Artist
  • Online Producer
  • Production Artist
  • Publications Designer — Designs publications, from look and feel, contents writing, lay-out, editing and proof-reading to either doing desk-top publishing or overseeing commercial printing.


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