Freelance Designer Career Field

freelance designerFreelance designers are generally graphic artists who design webpages on a freelance basis, which means per project or per contract basis. Freelance designers are self-employed and often work over the internet or telecommute.

Education Requirements

Associate Degree in Web Page Design
Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design/Technical Writing

Freelance web designers need excellent web design skills. This is often accomplished through obtaining an associate’s degree in web design or even a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. They are self-employed so business management and finance skills are also useful.

Coursework

Web Page Basics
Graphic Design
Web Illustration Creation
Illustration Software
Web Page Editing
Business Management & Marketing

Employment Trends

Job Availability of graphic designers as of May 2008: 286,100
Projected Employment of graphic designers through in 2018: 323,100
Average Annual salary for graphic designers in U.S. in 2008: $50,000

Top Colleges

DeVry University
Kaplan University
Everest University
Carrington College
University of Phoenix

Related Careers

Computer software engineers and computer programmers
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Drafters
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Authors, writers, and editors

Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

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