What Jobs Can a Graphic Design Degree Get Me?

By Staff Writer Published on May 7, 2012

A graphic design degree provides you with many career options in the field of graphic design. As more and more businesses and media go online, graphic designers will be needed to make products, publications, and websites visually appealing.

Career Path

You can begin your career faster with just a two-year associate’s degree. There will come a time, however, when an associate’s degree graduate hits a career dead end; a point where you cannot advance any further without getting more education. Advanced professional positions and positions in management and education are usually closed to graduates with only an associate’s degree.

Because they can advance further in their careers, graphic designers with bachelor’s degrees usually have higher lifetime earnings than those with just associate’s degrees. The more education you have, the more money you are likely to earn.

Because the demand for graphic design skills is constant, graduates with a degree will have a variety of job opportunities available to them. Additionally, graphic design is a very broad industry, which means there is flexibility in the types of positions an individual can become employed in.

Many professional graphic designers go on to work for large and small design firms, where they contribute their skills and expertise in a team environment. For those who prefer to work solo, having a background in graphic design allows for the opportunity to be self-employed, working in an independent contractor/freelance capacity. This means being your own boss, setting your work hours/schedule, and having the ability to pick and choose your clients and projects accordingly.

All of these graphic design jobs, whatever your degree, require attention to detail, design sense, problem-solving skills, and up-to-date knowledge of the latest software.

The most important thing to remember, however, is that while talent goes a long way, many employers won’t even give you a chance if you don’t have some sort of degree.

Author Bio
Craig Stokes is the Program Chair for Graphic Arts for the Online Department of Stevens-Henager College.