Graphic Design Professional

Key Role

Graphic designers plan, analyze, and create visual concepts for a company or organization by hand or using computer software. They assist with the branding of a company by creating the logo design, and selecting the colors and images used in company documents. Additional responsibilities include; creating promotional displays, packaging and marketing brochures for products and services. Graphic designers may be required to work on multiple projects that require different levels of creativity.

Quick Facts

  • Median Pay: $43,000-$46,000 per year
  • Minimum Education: Industry Certifications or Bachelor's Degree
  • Careers available in many industries (government, corporate, self-employed)
  • Should be up-to-date on design principles and design software

Job-Related Tasks

  • Plan and create visual solutions such as marketing material, packaging, and logo
  • Work with clients or team members to determine scope of a project
  • Advise on the message and audience of the design
  • Present designs to team members or clients
  • Check design work for errors before publishing or printing

Personal Characteristics and Talents

  • Artistic
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Computer and design skills
  • Time-management

Recommended Education

  • Bachelor's Degree (Recommended, not required)
  • Industry Certifications
  • Experience in related field

Career Opportunities

  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Newspaper
  • Special Design Services

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Graphic Designers, on the Internet at (visited March 26, 2014).

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LearnKey Learning Path

Our prescribed Graphic Designer career ready series is a well balanced blend of Industry leading certification prep and professional development. Included in the Graphic Designer series are LearnKey Certified courses that will prepare individuals for a successful career as a graphic designer, as well as courses designed to assist in the personal development of each learner.

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Technical Development Courses:

Estimated training hours*: 51

Personal Development Courses:

Estimated training hours*: 9

*Estimated time includes viewing hours only and does not include test prep or certification exams