Graphic Designers
SOC: 27-1024.00


Design or create 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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
261,600 employed

Projected (2024):
265,200 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Advertising Designer
  • Advertising Layout Worker
  • Art Director
  • Artist
  • Catalogue Illustrator
  • Commerical Artist
  • Composing Room Supervisor
  • Concept Artist
  • Creative Director
  • Creative Manager
  • Design Director
  • Designer
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Digital Artist
  • Food Stylist
  • Forms Designer
  • Graphic Art Designer
  • Graphic Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Designer/Production
  • Graphics Coordinator
  • Graphics Specialist
  • Interface Designer
  • Label Maker
  • Layout Artist
  • Macintosh Artist (Mac Artist)
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Multimedia Developer
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Online Producer
  • Photo Stylist
  • Presentation Specialist
  • Production Artist
  • Production Designer
  • Publications Designer
  • Studio Designer
  • User Interface Designer
  • Visual Designer
  • Weapons Designer

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Create designs, concepts, and sample layouts, based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.
  • Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type.
  • Use computer software to generate new images.
  • Mark up, paste, and assemble final layouts to prepare layouts for printer.
  • Draw and print charts, graphs, illustrations, and other artwork, using computer.
  • Review final layouts and suggest improvements as needed.
  • Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.
  • Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Web sites.
  • Key information into computer equipment to create layouts for client or supervisor.
  • Prepare illustrations or rough sketches of material, discussing them with clients or supervisors and making necessary changes.
  • Study illustrations and photographs to plan presentation of materials, products, or services.
  • Prepare notes and instructions for workers who assemble and prepare final layouts for printing.
  • Develop negatives and prints to produce layout photographs, using negative and print developing equipment and tools.
  • Photograph layouts, using camera, to make layout prints for supervisors or clients.
  • Produce still and animated graphics for on-air and taped portions of television news broadcasts, using electronic video equipment.
  • Maintain archive of images, photos, or previous work products.
  • Research new software or design concepts.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 35 millimeter cameras
  • Computer laser printers
  • Computer scanners
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Graphics tablets
  • Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Wide format printers
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Systems Adobe ActionScript
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe ColdFusion
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Distiller
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FreeHand
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Macromedia HomeSite
  • Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Premiere Pro software
  • AJAX
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Apple iMovie
  • Apple iWork Keynote
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Bentley MicroStation
  • Cascading Style Sheets CSS
  • Computer aided design and drafting CADD software
  • Computer aided design and drafting software CADD
  • Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Digidesign Pro Tools software
  • Drupal
  • Dynamic hypertext markup language DHTML
  • Extensible HyperText Markup Language XHTML
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • IBM Notes
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • MAXON CINEMA 4D software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • Nuance OmniPage Professional
  • Oracle Eloqua software
  • PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • QuarkXPress
  • SignCAD Systems SignCAD
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Verilog
  • Web browser software

  • arts design entertainment sports and media

    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980