Graduate Salary
4 years
Avg Length

Graphic Design Requirements

Graphic design programs give students overall training, from traditional print to online and interactive design and multimedia training. Courses such as page layout, typography, sketching and photography will be built on with classes teaching digital applications to give students basic skills of practice and experience with leading technologies and graphic design software.

Courses in brand identity, professional practices and material management will help students manage their projects and learn to interact with clients in a professional and productive manner. Project-based assignments and work placements offered by many institutions will help students develop a feel for working in the field.

Graphic Design Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Graphic Design degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Graphic Design degrees have experience in is Graphic Designer, followed by Illustrator, Art Director, Web Designer, Photographer, UX Designer, Printing Worker, Marketing Manager, Digital Marketing Specialist, and Craft Artist.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Graphic Designer 17.5% 1.4% 12.3×
Illustrator 3.1% 0.2% 19.4×
Art Director 3.6% 0.2% 20.0×
Web Designer 6.7% 1.0% 6.5×
Photographer 3.0% 0.8% 3.8×
UX Designer 2.8% 0.1% 18.9×
Printing Worker 2.0% 0.1% 25.3×
Marketing Manager 2.5% 1.3% 2.0×
Digital Marketing Specialist 1.7% 0.6% 2.9×
Craft Artist 2.2% 0.3% 8.0×

Graphic Design Salary

Graphic Design graduates earn on average $k, putting them in the bottom percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
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Graphic Design Underemployment

Graphic Design graduates are highly employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

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