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Arts, Communication, Media and Design

Graphic Designer

Lights, Camera, Create

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.

Contact Info

Center for Career Exploration and Success

45 Armstrong Center

550 E. Spring St.

Oxford, OH 45056


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Related Job Titles

Artist, Designer, Graphic Artist, Graphic Designer, Online Producer, Production Artist, Publications Designer

Facts and Stats

Your career outlook is looking good – just like these stats.

O*NET Code: 27-1024.00

O*NET Summary
  • $53,380 Median wages (annual)


  • 22,700 Projected job openings


  • -1% or lower Projected growth (decline)


What you 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.
  • 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.

Related Programs

Top Technology Requirements Included in Job Postings

  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD; Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D; Autodesk Revit; Bentley MicroStation
  • Desktop publishing software — Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign; Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker; Microsoft Publisher; QuarkXPress
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud; Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator; SmugMug Flickr; Trimble SketchUp Pro
  • Video creation and editing software — Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects; Apple Final Cut Pro; WeVideo; YouTube
  • Web platform development software — AJAX; Cascading Style Sheets CSS; Drupal; Oracle JavaServer Pages JSP

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