Digital Graphic Artist Career Field

digital graphic designerCareer Overview

Digital graphic artists are also sometimes called graphic artists or graphic designers. They plan and create digital graphic solutions for print ads and electronic media forms like the internet. Their work can involve artistic elements including color, type, illustration, photography, animation, and different print and layout design. Some graphic designers create overall print layouts for magazines, newspapers, commercial brochures, and other print productions. They also work with companies to product advertising information regarding the companies themselves or their products or both. Digital graphic artists work specifically with digitized graphics for websites.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design

Most entry level graphic design jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree (4 years of college). Some jobs require only an associate’s degree in graphic design or a college certification. Jobs requiring less formal training and education generally require little design skill and are usually assigned as assistants to full fledged graphic designers.


Studio Art
Principles of Design
Computerized Design
Digitized Art Modification and Editing
Commercial Graphic Production
Printing Techniques
Website Design

Employment Trends

Job Availability as of May 2008: 286,100
Projected Employment in 2018: 323,100
Average Annual Salary for graphic artists in U.S. in 2008: $42,400

Top Colleges

The Arts Institute
Brown Mackie College
The Arts Institute of Pittsburgh
Westwood College
University of Phoenix

Related Jobs

Artists and related workers
Commercial and industrial designers
Fashion designers
Floral designers
Interior designers

Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics


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