Job Spotlight: Graphic Designer

Draw on your design experience for this competitive field.

Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer that age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help you answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from salary and duties to why people do the jobs they do.

Graphic Designer

In this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re illustrating the importance of loving your job with a look at graphic design. Competition for graphic design positions is high, as employment is projected to grow 4% from 2016 to 2026, a lower rate than most occupations. Responsibilities include using graphic design skills to work on websites, books, magazines, product packaging, websites, exhibitions, corporate branding, and more.

Required Education

Typically a bachelor’s degree, although there can be exceptions.


Although pay varies depending on a variety of factors (e.g. experience, industry, geographic area, etc.), graphic designers can make as much as $48,700 on average per year.

What a Graphic Designer Does:

Those in graphic design positions handle a variety of responsibilities, which may include:

  • Working with a wide range of media using industry-leading graphic design software.
  • Developing new design concepts, graphics, layouts, etc.
  • Working in cooperation with other teams (copywriting, sales, etc.) to create brochures and other physical materials.

What Companies Look for in Graphic Designers

Every position is different, but many companies need the following skills and attributes:

  • Proven design experience
  • Creativity and versatility
  • Strong portfolio and knowledge of leading software
  • Ability to communicate ideas and vision
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines and budgets

Not sure where to find a position like this?

We can help.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S. and Canada. If you have any questions about graphic design jobs in your area or job search in general, contact your local Express office or fill out our online contact form.

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