A graphic designer is a computer professional that creates visual art by hand or by using several different types of computer programs. They create logos that make a company recognizable by just one look.

A graphic designer will perform several functions as a part of their job. The first thing that a graphic designer does is to meet with a client and determine the type of project that is needed. They discuss ways that clients can reach their audience. They make sure to understand what the client wants to achieve with this design. They develop graphics and audio images for products, logos and website design. These designs can be created by hand or with the use of several types of computer programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw. They also use computer programs for publishing graphics such as Adobe Pagemaker and Quark Xpress. Graphic designers are in charge of selecting images, color schemes, layout and design. Once the designs are complete, they are presented to the client for approval and they will make any changes that have been requested. Once approval has been given and all changes have been made, designs are printed out or published and delivered to the client.

Graphic Design Salary:

The current national average graphic design salary is about $44,000 per year. The amount that you make will depend largely on the amount of experience that you have, the type of place you work, how many clients you have and the type of education you have. Experience is one of the most important things when it comes to the amount that you can expect for your graphic design salary. The starting graphic design wage is about $26,000 per year. However, this amount will increase with each year of experience that you obtain. By the time that you have five years of experience, the graphic design salary will increase to $33,000 per year. With ten years of experience, the amount of the graphic design income will increase to $44,000 a year. The yearly salary for a designer with fifteen years of experience is $59,000. The top salary of $77,000 a year will be available once you have twenty or more years of experience.

Graphic Design Education:

If you have decided that graphic design is the career path that you want to take, you will need to get the training that is involved in this career. The majority of all graphic designers have a bachelor’s degree in fine arts or graphic design. Some employers may accept any bachelor’s degree along as additional training has been completed in some graphic design courses. There are currently three hundred schools that have been accredited by the NASAD for graphic design. The time to complete the program is generally about four years. The courses will include studio art, commercial graphic design, printing techniques, website design, color theory, photography, graphic symbolism, mixed media and more. Courses will include classroom work, team projects and the creation of a portfolio. After graduation, continuing education courses are also taken throughout the career to stay abreast of all of the current trends and new media.

Graphic Design Work Environment:

The work environment of a graphic designer is typical of most types of computer professionals. This will include working in a well lit and well ventilated work place. Graphic designers will spend the majority of all their work hours sitting at a desk in an office setting. A large percentage of graphic designers work in different types of design services and advertising and printing firms. Graphic designers often work in an office or studio setting. Many graphic designers also work from their own homes independently or as a contractor. Many graphic designers also work by telecommuting. Many will work in a team setting with other types of designers and computer professionals such as programmers, website designers and more. Taking part in meetings and talking with clients and co-workers will be a large part of the job. The work schedule for graphic designers will vary depending on how many clients you have, the deadlines you are working against and your current workload. The majority of all graphic designers will work a full time schedule and will also work overtime hours as needed.

Graphic design can be a very lucrative career choice if you have a knack for art and work well with people and can maintain good relationships with clients. The current job market has been getting hit pretty hard. But graphic design is actually expanding. Currently, there are almost 280,000 people employed as graphic designers. Within the next eight years there is an expected growth rate of thirteen percent. By 2020, there will be an additional 37,000 jobs that will be added to the job market. Which means that there will be plenty of  jobs available for anyone who decides to enter this exciting field.

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