Atlanta Graphic Design has a mission to, through hard work and detail, bring the inner vision of its clients to full fruition. It seeks to conduct business with integrity, humility, and the utmost professionalism, exceeding expectations with the products and services it provides. Our work is something that many would consider a dream job. If becoming a graphic designer is your dream, here are a few things to consider.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook, as of 2010, the median annual wage for a graphic designer was $43,500. This means that, of all the graphic designers in the U.S.— 279,200 that year— half earned more than the median and the other half earned less. The most common employment for graphic designers comes from the specialized design services industry and the publishers of newspapers, books, periodicals, and directories. About 29 percent of graphic designers are self-employed.
Generally, a bachelor’s degree in graphic design is required and most students pursuing a degree in this field are required to complete coursework in studio art, principles of design, computerized design, commercial graphics production, printing techniques, and website design. Students also are encouraged to take classes in writing, marketing, and business, as those also are important aspects of this industry. A professional portfolio is a must, and prospective graphic designers begin building that portfolio with classroom projects and work done through internships.
The future of the graphic design industry is bright: a 13 percent increase in graphic design jobs is predicted by 2020. However, competition is expected to be fierce and those with experience in website and interactive media design experience hold a slight edge, the bureau stated. In addition to artistic ability, graphic designers must have great communication and computer skills, creativity, teamwork, and time management skills.
The Atlanta Graphic Design leadership team consists of passionate and experienced individuals who worked hard to get where they are and are working even harder to continue a tradition of total client satisfaction. We applaud those of you who have recently graduated from high school with plans to pursue a degree in graphic design, as well as those who have now obtained a degree and are workforce-bound. It truly is a dream job.
For more information about Atlanta Graphic Design and the services we provide, contact us.