Jobs You Can Get with an Education in Graphic Design
As a graphic design graduate, you are well qualified to pursue careers such as web designer, digital animator and magazine designer, and many others.
Take a look at our Job Board for Graphic Design Students & Grads below. It’s a list of job openings in career fields related to a Graphic Design degree, and other related degrees...you'll se just how many jobs you can pursue with this degree!
Job Board for Graphic Design Students & Grads
More On What You Can Do with a Graphic Design Degree
By providing you with the proper knowledge base and skill set, a certificate, diploma or degree in this field has prepared you well for the ever-evolving requirements of the graphic design and visual communications industry, thus providing you with a wide array of career options.
So, if you’d like to know more about what you can do with a graphic design degree or diploma, read on below. This graphic design careers guide contains detailed occupational information on career paths relevant to this degree. Included are job descriptions, expected salaries, educational requirements and other pertinent information related to these careers.
What a Graphic Design Program Teaches You
Graphic design diploma, certificate and degree programs typically use a hands-on approach and applied elements to prepare you for a career directly in the field of graphic design and visual communications.
Coursework such as studio art, principles of design, computerized design, commercial graphics production, printing techniques, and website design teach you how to structure and organize visual information for the purpose of effectively communicating ideas to your intended audience.
Because of the evolving nature of the digital communication industry, a graphic design education also teaches you how to maintain current knowledge of available technologies, techniques and practices. When you are working in the field after graduation, you will come to know that as a graphic design professional, you must often provide your client with research, cost planning project management and quality control. So naturally, you must be well versed in these areas prior to graduation.
To prepare you for all of these various professional responsibilities, it is common for graphic design schools to require you to complete coursework in complimentary areas such as business, accounting, communications, media studies or management. Education in these areas will also go a long way to helping you to progress in your career, into positions of greater responsibility.
Employable Skills You’ll Gain in a Graphic Design Program
There is a lot you can do with an education in graphic design. Your education and training will enable you to gain a skill set that is highly applicable to careers in the broad field of graphic design. These skills include:
• Able to use a variety of computer aided design (CAD) programs to effectively communicate ideas
• Able to communicate to clients your reasons for making certain design decisions
• Able to listen to and understand the needs of clients
• Able to transform written, verbal and immaterialized ideas into visual form
• Able to work on multiple projects simultaneously while adhering to strict deadlines
• Skills in project coordination and management
Career Guides: Directly Related to Graphic Design
The following is a list of careers that are highly applicable to your degree, certificate or diploma in graphic design, as a result of the skills and competencies that an education in this field enables you to earn:
Please Note: Some of the above listed careers may require additional education, training and experience. Click on careers you’re interested in to find out more about these requirements.
What Kind of Companies Will Hire You?
The following types of organizations often employ graphic designers. Try looking for work with them, either as a freelancer or as a permanent employee.
• Corporate public relations departments
• Municipal, provincial/state and federal government departments
• Graphic design studios
• Film and television studios
• Advertising agencies
• Multimedia companies
• Web service companies
• Hospitals and health care institutions
• Industrial design studios
• Book publishing firms
• Architectural firms
• Newspapers and magazines
• Printing companies
• Colleges and universities
Graphic Design Jobs
Interested in finding a job that's closely, or loosely, related to your education in graphic design? Our job board has plenty of opportunities, check it out!
Career Tip: Develop a Portfolio to Market Yourself
If you decide to pursue a career in graphic design, it is strongly recommended that you develop and maintain a portfolio of your best and most recent work, as it is extremely difficult to secure employment without one.
A good place to start the development of a portfolio is by doing creative work while you’re in school. The good news is, that as a graphic design student, you will likely have plenty of chances to complete projects that will provide you with school credit and items for your portfolio.
Whatever you do though, don't limit your portfolio to simply examples of mandatory assignments you had to complete for classes. The more examples of your own creative work you can display in your portfolio, the better.
Speaking to teachers and professors, and letting them know what your professional interests are, can lead to such opportunities. You can also actively pursue opportunities outside of school to volunteer your services, as this is a great way to hone your skills and add to your portfolio.
Graphic Design Graduate Salary
The salary level you could earn as a graduate of a graduate design program can vary quite a bit, typically depending on the following factors:
• Your level of education (diploma, bachelor’s, etc.)
• Whether or not you end up working as a graphic designer
• The amount of work experience you’ve accumulated
• The size and type of your employer
• The industry in which you find work
• The region in which you find work
That’s a lot of factors that can influence your earnings. To make it easier to determine what you could earn as a graduate of a graphic design program, let’s just look at the average salary level of a graphic designer.
Graphic Designer Salary Alberta: According to the 2013 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans working as part of the Graphic Designers and Illustrators occupational group earn an average of $52,933 per year.
Graphic Designer Salary Canada: According to Service Canada, the average salary level of workers in the Graphic Designers and Illustrators occupational group is $35,846 per year.
Graphic Designer Salary United States: According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary level of American graphic designers is $44,150 per year. The lowest 10% of Graphic Designer salaries are below $26,250, and the top 10% are above $77,490 per year.
Graphic Design Scholarships
Are you a graphic design student looking for help paying for school? Search our scholarships database for Canadian and American scholarships that are specifically for students in a graphic design program.
Success Tip: Apply for any and all scholarships for which you qualify, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships in Canada and the United States that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants.
Professional Associations in Graphic Design
To find out more about careers related to your education in graphic design, consult the following professional association websites. They offer career-related information, and many have job boards that advertise job openings.