Graphic designers, also called graphic artists, create effective and visually aesthetic designs, layouts and corporate communication strategies for clients. Some graphic designers work on-site at a firm or company; others are consultants or freelancers who work out-of-office on a contract basis. Graphic designers can work in a variety of environments, including advertising or communications companies, newspapers, magazines or design firms.
Graphic Design Schools in Massachusetts
A four-year degree in graphic design from a college or university is typically required for most graphic design positions. Associate degrees and certifications are also available, but these graduates usually qualify as assistants to graphic designers or for positions that require technical skills only. As a student, you'll take courses in studio art, principles of design, website design, computerized design, printing techniques and commercial graphics production. Some designers may find it helpful to take additional courses in psychology, writing, marketing, business and foreign languages. It is important to note that graphic designers must also be creative and have the ability to showcase their ideas to clients or art directors. Whether online or campus-based, Massachusetts graphic design schools can help you gain the education and training you need to become a successful graphic designer.
Graphic Designer Salaries in Massachusetts
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. Those with animation and website design experience will be the most in demand. With more than 5,400 graphic designers in the state, Massachusetts graphic design schools are the perfect place to start your career as a graphic designer. BLS data shows that as of May 2009, Massachusetts graphic designers earned a median salary of $48,140 a year. In addition, the 10th percentile earned a median salary of $30,760 a year while the 90th percentile earned $77,450 a year. Graphic designers tend to migrate towards the Boston-Cambridge area, were job opportunities are most common.
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Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Massachusetts
Salaries for Graphic Designers in Massachusetts
Schools for Graphic Designers in Massachusetts are listed below.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Anna Maria College||Paxton||Masters||1,244|
|Bard College at Simon's Rock||Great Barrington||Bachelor||403|
|Bay State College||Boston||Bachelor||354|
|Boston University||Boston||Doctorate & First Professional||32,053|
|Bridgewater State College||Bridgewater||Masters||9,934|
|Bunker Hill Community College||Boston||Associate||8,806|
|Emmanuel College Boston||Boston||Masters||2,467|
|Fitchburg State College||Fitchburg||Masters||6,692|
|Greenfield Community College||Greenfield||Associate||2,236|
|Massachusetts College of Art and Design||Boston||Masters||2,312|
|Massasoit Community College||Brockton||Associate||7,064|
|Montserrat College of Art||Beverly||Bachelor||285|
|Mount Ida College||Newton||Bachelor||1,429|
|Mount Wachusett Community College||Gardner||Associate||4,147|
|North Shore Community College||Danvers||Associate||7,107|
|Northeastern University||Boston||Doctorate & First Professional||24,434|
|Northern Essex Community College||Haverhill||Associate||6,526|
|Quinsigamond Community College||Worcester||Associate||6,654|
|School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston||Boston||Masters||797|
|Springfield Technical Community College||Springfield||Associate||6,074|
|University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth||North Dartmouth||Doctorate||9,080|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Massachusetts. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
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.
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