Missouri Graphic Design Schools and Careers

Career Information for Graphic Designers in Missouri

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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 artists can work in a variety of environments, including advertising or communications companies, newspapers, magazines or design firms.

Graphic Design Schools in Missouri

A bachelor's degree in graphic design is typically required for most graphic design positions and is offered at many colleges and universities as well as private design schools. Many schools require students to complete a year of basic art and design courses before enrolling in a bachelor's degree program. Coursework in graphic design may include studio art, website design, commercial graphics production, computer artwork and drawing. Some designers may find it helpful to take additional courses in psychology, writing, marketing, business and foreign languages. However, formal education is not the only thing you'll need--graphic designers must also be creative, have an eye for detail and excellent communication and problem solving skills. There are many graphic design schools in Missouri--both online and campus-based--that can teach you everything you need to know to become a graphic designer.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Missouri

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects employment of graphic designers to grow 13 percent between 2008 and 2018. Designers with a background in website design or animation will see an increased demand for their services as more clients and companies move towards interactive media. There are 3,970 graphic designers in the state of Missouri. To join them, enroll in one of the following Missouri graphic design schools. As of May 2009, Missouri graphic designers earned an hourly median wage of $19.27 or $40,080 per year, according to the BLS. You'll find the most graphic artists in Springfield and Columbia, while those in Jefferson City (and Springfield) earned the highest annual median salary.

If you're interested in this creative and rewarding job, get more information from one of the following Missouri graphic design schools.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Missouri

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Columbia, Kansas City and Springfield
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Joplin, St. Joseph and Jefferson City
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Missouri

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield

Schools for Graphic Designers in Missouri are listed below.

Selected Graphic Design Schools in Missouri

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More Missouri Graphic Design Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Columbia College Columbia Masters 12,954
Drury University Springfield Masters 4,978
Kansas City Art Institute Kansas City Bachelor 676
Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis Doctorate 3,422
Missouri State University Springfield Doctorate 19,348
Missouri State University-West Plains West Plains Associate 1,757
Missouri Western State University Saint Joseph Masters 5,342
Moberly Area Community College Moberly Associate 4,009
Park University Parkville Masters 13,259
Saint Louis Community College-Florissant Valley Saint Louis Associate 6,250
Saint Louis Community College-Forest Park Saint Louis Associate 7,230
Saint Louis Community College-Meramec Kirkwood Associate 10,168
Stephens College Columbia Masters 1,050
University of Missouri-St Louis Saint Louis Doctorate 15,527
Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis Doctorate & First Professional 13,382

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Missouri. 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


Jefferson City 90 $37600 0.84
Columbia 130 $36570 0.98
Joplin 80 $30850 0.71
Springfield 260 $32170 0.87
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