Graphic Designers

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About the Job

Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

It is also Called

  • Weapons Designer
  • Visual Designer
  • User Interface Designer
  • Studio Designer
  • Publications Designer
  • Production Designer
  • Production Artist
  • Presentation Specialist
  • Photo Stylist
  • Online Producer
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What They Do

  • Photograph layouts, using camera, to make layout prints for supervisors or clients.
  • Produce still and animated graphics for on-air and taped portions of television news broadcasts, using electronic video equipment.
  • Prepare notes and instructions for workers who assemble and prepare final layouts for printing.
  • Mark up, paste, and assemble final layouts to prepare layouts for printer.
  • Study illustrations and photographs to plan presentation of materials, products, or services.
  • Research new software or design concepts.
  • Key information into computer equipment to create layouts for client or supervisor.
  • Draw and print charts, graphs, illustrations, and other artwork, using computer.
  • Prepare illustrations or rough sketches of material, discussing them with clients or supervisors and making necessary changes.
  • Maintain archive of images, photos, or previous work products.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ARE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Artistic interests, but also prefer Realistic and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Recognition in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $49,660 with most people making between $26,740 and $79,920

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 11,050 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 10,970 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 260 replacement openings for approximately 260 total annual openings.



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