Graphic Design

Graphic designers provide tailored commercial and promotional designs that help clients effectively market and advertise. Designers use a variety of artistic skills to create specific packaging, displays, logos, etc. that complement clients’ brands and gain expertise in the Adobe Creative Suite to make their concepts a reality.

Sample Occupations

  • Graphic Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Art Director
  • Creative Manager
  • Design Director
  • Production Artist
  • Publication Designer
  • Artist
  • Web Designer

Types of Employers

  • Design Firms
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Marketing Agencies
  • Public Relations Firms
  • TV Stations
  • Film Companies
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Libraries
  • Museums & Galleries
  • Schools, Colleges & Universities

Preparing for your career in

  • Develop expertise in graphic and design software: Adobe Creative Suite
  • Maintain a physical and digital portfolio of your work
  • Create a graphic design resume that is different from traditional resumes in that it also highlights your design ability along with your education and experience
  • Obtain an internship where you can use your graphic design stills to promote a client’s brand
  • Network with professionals in the field – many design jobs are achieved by knowing someone
  • Know how to talk about your personal creative brand and how it relates to an employer’s vision

How do I know if its right for me?

ASSESS: Take a career assessment, such as PathwayU, to see how your interests, values, and personality fit with majors and careers.

RESEARCH: Research the careers on this WCIDWAMI and thousands of other careers using O*Net Online, The Occupational Outlook Handbook or FirstHand.

EXPLORE: Learn more about a career field of interest by job shadowing, attending a career panel, or participating in a Career Trek. Further your exploration while gaining valuable skills by completing an internship, co-op, volunteer, or research experience.