Graphic designer

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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.

What skills help Graphic Designers find jobs?

  • Graphic Design
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Web Design
  • CorelDraw
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Layout Design
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • WordPress
  • HTML5

Career progression for Graphic Designer

Education levels for Graphic Designers

0%2%15%20%63%Doctoral DegreeMaster's DegreeAssociate's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GEDBachelor's Degree

Based on the requirements of Graphic Designer job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience35k38k41k45k48kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Graphic Designer in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Graphic Designers

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  • CompTIA Network+
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  • CPR Certification
Frequently asked questions
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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