Florida Graphic Design Schools and Careers

Career Information for Graphic Designers in Florida

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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

Schools for Graphic Designers in Florida are listed below.

Selected Graphic Design Schools in Florida

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More Florida Graphic Design Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
College of Business and Technology-Flagler Campus Miami Associate 118
College of Business and Technology-Hialeah Campus Hialeah Associate 103
Flagler College Saint Augustine Bachelor 2,537
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee Masters & First Professional 11,562
Florida Southern College Lakeland Masters 2,295
Florida State University Tallahassee Doctorate & First Professional 40,555
Palm Beach Atlantic University-West Palm Beach West Palm Beach Doctorate 3,291
Ringling College of Art and Design Sarasota Bachelor 1,199
The University of Tampa Tampa Masters 5,628
University of Florida Gainesville Doctorate & First Professional 51,725
University of Miami 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, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Gainesville 170 $46070 0.9
Jacksonville 790 $46160 0.86
Cape Coral 390 $35560 1.1
Fort Myers 390 $35560 1.1
Crestview 90 $43450 0.58
Fort Walton Beach 90 $43450 0.58
Destin 90 $43450 0.58
Deltona 310 $36920 1.14
Daytona Beach 310 $36920 1.14
Ormond Beach 310 $36920 1.14
Orlando 2110 $41180 1.27
Kissimmee 2110 $41180 1.27
Sanford 2110 $41180 1.27
Palm Bay 230 $37290 0.8
Melbourne 230 $37290 0.8
Titusville 230 $37290 0.8
Panama City 50 $38050 0.45
Pensacola 270 $45490 1.13
Ferry Pass 270 $45490 1.13
Brent 270 $45490 1.13
Port St. Lucie 170 $42740 0.84
Punta Gorda 40 $35910 0.55
Lakeland 180 $42520 0.6
Winter Haven 180 $42520 0.6
Miami 3940 $44960 1.09
Fort Lauderdale 3940 $44960 1.09
West Palm Beach 3940 $44960 1.09
Naples 160 $43300 0.82
Immokalee 160 $43300 0.82
Marco Island 160 $43300 0.82
North Port 370 $38830 0.92
Sarasota 370 $38830 0.92
Bradenton 370 $38830 0.92
Ocala 100 $32810 0.7
Sebastian 90 $42400 1.27
Vero Beach 90 $42400 1.27
Tallahassee 270 $41040 1.15
Tampa 2070 $43140 1.14
St. Petersburg 2070 $43140 1.14
Clearwater 2070 $43140 1.14
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