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Graphic Designers Job Outlook

Employment of graphic designers is expected to increase by 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Employment of graphic designers in printing and publishing is expected to increase by 2 percent and decline by 4 percent respectively, during the projection period. However, as shown in the table below, employment for graphic designers in computer systems design and related services is expected to grow by 61 percent over the same period.

Computer systems design and related services61%
Specialized design services27
Advertising, public relations, and related services17
Printing and related support activities2
Publishing industries (except Internet)-4

With the increased use of the Internet, designers will be needed to create designs and images for portable devices, websites, electronic publications, and video entertainment media.

Graphic designers will take on increasingly important roles in the marketing of products. For example, graphic designers working in advertising or for computer design firms may influence the design of websites and publications. Designers will work with advertising and marketing staff to create graphics for websites, mobile phones, and other technology.

Job Prospects

Graphic designers are expected to face competition for available positions. Many talented individuals are attracted to careers as graphic designers. Prospects will be best for job applicants with website design and other interactive media experience.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition