Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 27-1024 Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet a client's specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type. Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design. Create designs, concepts, and sample layouts, based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts. Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Web sites. Use computer software to generate new images. Review final layouts and suggest improvements as needed. Maintain archive of images, photos, or previous work products. Prepare illustrations or rough sketches of material, discussing them with clients or supervisors and making necessary changes. Draw and print charts, graphs, illustrations, and other artwork, using computer. Key information into computer equipment to create layouts for client or supervisor. Research new software or design concepts. Study illustrations and photographs to plan presentation of materials, products, or services.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $13.81   Entry $28,729.00
Mean $21.80   Mean $45,361.00
Experience $25.81 Experience $53,668.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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