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How to become a Graphic Designer

The following information outlines the steps to take to become a graphic designer.

  1. Obtain an associate degree, bachelor's degree or accredited certificate in graphic design.
  2. Showcase graphic design skills by participating in work internships or volunteer positions to build a professional portfolio.
  3. Apply to jobs within agencies, or work as a freelancer.
  4. Continue training to stay abreast of emerging trends and software and to develop new skill sets.
How to become: Designer · Visual Designer · Digital Designer · Graphic Artist · Freelance Designer
These qualifications are required: Driver's License · Enrolled Agent
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What skills help Graphic Designers find jobs?

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Art direction
  • CSS
  • Communication skills
  • Editing
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Career progression for Graphic Designer

Education levels for Graphic Designers

Based on the requirements of Graphic Designer job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
Bachelor's degree54.8%
Associate's degree21.6%
High school diploma or GED18.6%
Master's degree4.9%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Graphic Designer in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$34,700
4 - 8$39,800
8 - 12$43,000
12 - 16$47,000
16 - 20$47,600
20 - 24$48,100
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Common qualifications for Graphic Designers

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    Common questions about career advices for a Graphic Designer

    What hours do graphic designers work?

    Most graphic designers work full-time during regular office hours, particularly if they are employed within an organization. They are sometimes required to work outside their office hours when deadlines need to be met. Some graphic designers work part-time hours while those who are self-employed might have more flexible hours.

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