Graphic designers produce hand- or computer-generated images and text to communicate an idea to attract, inform and excite consumers. Developing designs for advertisements, publications, corporate reports, websites and other marketing materials, they convey a company’s values with an image.
Standard business hours
If hired as a full-time employee by a private company, then you will record a typical 40-hour workweek from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Occasional evening or weekend work is common, particularly when nearing pending deadlines. Graphic designers who work on freelance or contractor basis, meanwhile, typically enjoy a more flexible work schedule.
As a full-time staff member, you will also typically work in an office setting. As a freelancer or independent contractor, though, you’ll be able to work from home or complete tasks remotely.
Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.
DVM / VMD degree
To become a professional graphic designer, many employers will require their employees to possess a postsecondary education. While a two-year college programme is sufficient to find employment, the industry has become ultra-competitive that companies are preferring candidates who hold four-year university degrees that specialise in graphic design or a related field.