Occupation | Weston College

Graphic designer

Graphic designers use illustrative, sound, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for information, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes, and create special visual effects and animations for computer games, film, interactive and other media.

Tasks

  • Liaises with client to clarify aims of project brief, discusses media, software and technology to be used, establishes timetable for project and defines budgetary constraints.
  • Undertakes research into project, considers previous related projects and compares costs of using different processes.
  • Prepares sketches, scale drawings, models, colour schemes and other mock-ups to show clients and discusses any required alterations.
  • Prepares specification and instructions for realisation of the project.
  • Liaises with other parts of the production team to ensure graphic design fits with other elements, processes and timescales.
  • Produces or oversees creation of the final product.

Typical Education Level

Level 4-6

Entrants have usually completed a foundation course, a BTEC/SQA award, a degree and/or postgraduate qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Design (in various disciplines) are available at Levels 2 and 3. Portfolio work is also important for entry.

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 7% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£24,317

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for graphic designer is £24,317

1,277 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,277. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

34 jobs

Job Postings

Over the past year, 34 jobs have been posted for graphic designer roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £24,317 per year. That is about £2,026 per month or £12.47 per hour. New workers generally start on £17,219, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £39,293

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,277 people are employed in the region.

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