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Graphic designers, also known as graphic artists, use a variety of visual elements to promote or enhance a product, brand or company. They can be full-time employees who work regular hours at a company or they can work on a contract basis as consultants and freelance designers. Graphic designers can find employment at newspapers and magazines as well as in corporate businesses, advertising agencies, marketing companies and design firms.

Graphic Design Schools in Florida

To become a graphic artist, formal education is required to enter the profession--you'll need to earn a bachelor's degree in graphic design from a college or university. Associate degrees and certificates are also offered at 2-year and 3-year professional schools, but usually result in assistant positions or roles that require technical skills only. As a graphic design student, you'll learn principles of design, printing techniques, commercial graphics production and website design. Some designers may find it helpful to take additional courses in psychology, writing, marketing, business and foreign languages. Creativity, communication and problem solving skills are also important; as is the ability to work under pressure. There are many graphic design schools in Florida--both online and campus-based--that can teach you everything you need to know to become a graphic designer.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Florida

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the demand for graphic designers should increase and employment is expected to grow 13 percent between 2008 and 2018. Designers with animation and website expertise will be preferred as the demand for interactive media projects increases. There are more than 12,000 graphic designers in the state of Florida. Earning your degree from one of the many Florida graphic design schools can help you become one of them. In May 2009, Florida graphic designers earned an hourly median wage of $18.58, or $38,650 per year, according to the BLS. The 10th percentile earned $24,900 a year, while the 90th percentile earned $61,140. The metropolitan areas of Miami, Orlando-Kissimmee and Tampa have the most graphic designers.

Check out the list of Florida graphic design schools to find a location that's most convenient for you.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Florida

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Miami, Palm Bay and Fort Lauderdale
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Ocala, Lakeland and Naples
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Miami, Orlando and Tampa

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Florida

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Sarasota

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More Florida Graphic Design Schools

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Miami
Associate
118
Hialeah
Associate
103
Saint Augustine
Bachelor
2,537
Tallahassee
Masters & First Professional
11,562
Lakeland
Masters
2,295
Tallahassee
Doctorate & First Professional
40,555
West Palm Beach
Doctorate
3,291
Sarasota
Bachelor
1,199
Tampa
Masters
5,628
Gainesville
Doctorate & First Professional
51,725
Coral Gables
Doctorate
15,449

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Florida. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Graphic Designers

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Graphic Designers relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Gainesville 170 $46,070
Jacksonville 790 $46,160
Cape Coral 390 $35,560
Fort Myers 390 $35,560
Crestview 90 $43,450
Fort Walton Beach 90 $43,450
Destin 90 $43,450
Deltona 310 $36,920
Daytona Beach 310 $36,920
Ormond Beach 310 $36,920
Orlando 2110 $41,180
Kissimmee 2110 $41,180
Sanford 2110 $41,180
Palm Bay 230 $37,290
Melbourne 230 $37,290
Titusville 230 $37,290
Panama City 50 $38,050
Pensacola 270 $45,490
Ferry Pass 270 $45,490
Brent 270 $45,490
Port St. Lucie 170 $42,740
Punta Gorda 40 $35,910
Lakeland 180 $42,520
Winter Haven 180 $42,520
Miami 3940 $44,960
Fort Lauderdale 3940 $44,960
West Palm Beach 3940 $44,960
Naples 160 $43,300
Immokalee 160 $43,300
Marco Island 160 $43,300
North Port 370 $38,830
Sarasota 370 $38,830
Bradenton 370 $38,830
Ocala 100 $32,810
Sebastian 90 $42,400
Vero Beach 90 $42,400
Tallahassee 270 $41,040
Tampa 2070 $43,140
St. Petersburg 2070 $43,140
Clearwater 2070 $43,140

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