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A graphic designer, also called a graphic artist, communicates ideas visually by creating effective and appealing web pages, illustrations, marketing campaigns and other print and media art. Graphic designers 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. They can work for corporate businesses, advertising and design agencies or publishing companies.

Graphic Design Schools in New York

To become a graphic designer, you'll need to earn a bachelor's degree in graphic design or fine arts from a college, university or private design school. Associate degrees and certificates in graphic design are also available from 2-year and 3-year programs, but are usually for those who already hold a bachelor's degree in another field and wish to learn the technical aspects of graphic design. Coursework often includes, but is not limited to, studio art, website design, printing techniques, computerized design and commercial graphics production. Some designers may find it helpful to take additional courses in psychology, writing, marketing, business and foreign languages. Creativity, openness to new ideas, communication and problem solving skills are also crucial for the job. Earning an online or traditional degree from one of the many graphic design schools in New York is a great way to start your career as a graphic artist.

Graphic Designer Salaries in New York

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of graphic designers is expected to increase 13 percent between 2008 and 2018. Those 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 almost 20,000 graphic designers in the state of New York. Earning a degree from one of the many New York graphic design schools can help you become one of them. BLS data from May 2009, shows that graphic designers in New York earned a median wage of $24.79 an hour, which equates to $51,570 per year. Although there are opportunities throughout the state, graphic designers are concentrated in the New York-North New Jersey area, Nassau-Suffolk area and Rochester where jobs are most common.

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

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in New York

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: New York, Rochester and Kingston
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Utica, Glens Falls and Poughkeepsie
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: New York, Nassau and Rochester

Salaries for Graphic Designers in New York

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: New York, Nassau and Albany

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New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, co-educational technical university offering over 50 Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs. As a leader in technical career education in southern New England, New England Institute of Technology (also known as New England Tech or NEIT) is committed to providing hands-on technological programs that prepare graduates for positions of leadership in the technical, industrial, business, and allied health communities. Most of our associate degree programs can be completed in as little as 18 months, and bachelor’s degree programs in as little as three years. Last year, over 3,000 students chose New England Tech for the hands-on laboratory and classroom training that provides the necessary skills to begin their technical careers.

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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs in 2015 by the U.S. News & World Report.
  • Admits students throughout the year with quarterly start dates in January, April, July, and September.
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2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Bronx
Associate
9,003
Bronx
Masters
10,922
Brooklyn
Bachelor
13,502
Flushing
Masters
18,728
Cazenovia
Bachelor
1,084
Amherst
Doctorate
2,511
New York
Masters
9,938
New York
Bachelor
1,107
Brookville
Doctorate
8,361
Riverhead
Masters
215
Poughkeepsie
Masters
5,727
Albany
Associate
396
Brooklyn
Masters
4,830
Rochester
Doctorate
14,849
Buffalo
Masters
10,993
Sparkill
Masters
2,238
New York
Masters
3,946
Queens
Doctorate
20,096
New York
Doctorate
9,659
Flushing
Masters
1,068

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

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

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Albany 550 $50,360
Schenectady 550 $50,360
Troy 550 $50,360
Ithaca 90 $53,950
Buffalo 810 $41,600
Cheektowaga 810 $41,600
Niagara Falls 810 $41,600
Binghamton 100 $40,830
Elmira 40 $37,450
Glens Falls 50 $39,810
Kingston 80 $37,890
Rochester 800 $47,460
Syracuse 380 $39,240
Utica 130 $36,840
Rome 130 $36,840

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