Graphic designers, also called graphic artists, create effective and visually aesthetic designs, layouts and corporate communication strategies for clients. Graphic designers can have a typical 9 to 5 job or can work on a contract, or job, basis as consultants or freelance designers. They may work for corporate businesses, design firms or media companies of all sizes. They may also work for newspapers, magazines or publishing companies.
Graphic Design Schools in Ohio
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. Many graphic artists may find it helpful to take additional courses in writing, psychology, marketing, foreign languages and business. 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. Earning an online or traditional degree from one of the many Ohio graphic design schools is the first step to becoming a graphic artist.
Graphic Designer Salaries in Ohio
Between 2008 and 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects employment of graphic designers to grow 13 percent. Those with animation and website design experience will be the most in demand. There are more than 7,600 graphic designers in the state of Ohio. Earning your degree from one of the many Ohio graphic design schools can help you become one of them. BLS data from May 2009 (latest available data), shows that graphic designers in Ohio made $18.88 an hour (median hourly wage), which equates to $39,260 annually. In addition, they tend to migrate towards Columbus, the Cleveland area and Dayton, were job opportunities are more common. Graphic designers in Springfield, Columbus and the Cleveland area earned the highest annual median salary.
If you're interested in this creative and rewarding job, get more information from one of the following graphic design schools in Ohio.
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Salaries for Graphic Designers in Ohio
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Art Academy of Cincinnati||Cincinnati||Masters||144|
|Belmont Technical College||Saint Clairsville||Associate||1,742|
|Bowling Green State University-Firelands||Huron||Bachelor||2,065|
|Bowling Green State University-Main Campus||Bowling Green||Doctorate||18,619|
|Cleveland Institute of Art||Cleveland||Bachelor||485|
|College of Mount St. Joseph||Cincinnati||Doctorate||2,282|
|Cuyahoga Community College||Cleveland||Associate||24,563|
|Davis College Toledo||Toledo||Associate||484|
|Edison State Community College||Piqua||Associate||3,025|
|Lakeland Community College||Kirtland||Associate||8,934|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene University||Mount Vernon||Masters||2,675|
|Northwest State Community College||Archbold||Associate||2,944|
|Notre Dame College||Cleveland||Masters||1,490|
|Ohio Dominican University||Columbus||Masters||3,082|
|Ohio State University-Main Campus||Columbus||Doctorate||52,568|
|Ohio University-Main Campus||Athens||Doctorate||21,089|
|University of Akron Main Campus||Akron||Doctorate & First Professional||23,007|
|University of Dayton||Dayton||Doctorate||10,395|
|Ursuline College||Pepper Pike||Masters||1,550|
|Youngstown State University||Youngstown||Doctorate||13,595|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Ohio. 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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