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What to Expect from a Career in Graphic Design

What to Expect from a Career in Graphic Design

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Graphic Designers

Use this report to find out what to expect from a career in graphic design.

Nature of the Work Working Conditions Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement Employment Job Outlook Earnings Related Occupations Sources of Additional Information

Significant Points

Among the five design occupations, graphic designers are expected to have the most new jobs through 2014; however, job seekers are expected to face keen competition for available positions.

Graphic designers with Web site design and animation experience will have the best opportunities.

A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry-level positions; however, an associate degree may be sufficient for technical positions.

About 3 out of 10 designers are self-employed; many do freelance work in addition to holding a salaried job in design or in another occupation.

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