Graphic Design TechnologyEmployment
According to ISEEK, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for graphic designers is expected to grow 13.4 percent in the U.S. and 11.8 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020. ISEEK: "The demand for graphic designers will be due in part to the increased use of the Internet. Graphic designers will be needed to design and lay out web pages. In addition, businesses will continue to want visually appealing ideas for their products, publications, and videos. All these items require the skills of graphic designers. Despite high demand, competition will be strong for the best jobs. This is because employers will pay high wages to the most talented designers."
As a graphic designer, you will combine art and technology to communicate ideas—and you will get paid good money to find the ideal balance between creativity, powerful software and the power of expression. According to the U.S. DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, graphic designers in the U.S. earn a median of $43,500 a year, which is almost $10,000 more than the median for all occupations. Not only that, you will be working on the leading edge of the design field.
BLS: "Graphic design is becoming increasingly important in the sales and marketing of products. Therefore, graphic designers, also referred to as graphic artists or communication designers, often work closely with people in advertising and promotions, public relations, and marketing. Graphic designers also need to keep up to date with the latest software and computer technologies to remain competitive."
Potential Job Titles
- Advertising Designer
- Graphic Art Designer
- Graphic Artist
- Visual Designer
- Graphic Design Specialist
- Studio Designer
Salary Data *
- Average Wage: $22.98/hour
- Top Earners: $35.82/hour
- * Source: ISEEK: Minneapolis-St. Paul seven-county metro area, 2014
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