dcsimg

Graphic Designers picture    Graphic Designers image

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

Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school.

More Florida Graphic Design Schools

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Miami
Bachelors
55,206
Gainesville
Doctorate
52,367
Orlando
Bachelors
44,515
Fort Lauderdale
Bachelors
43,700
Tallahassee
Doctorate
41,173
Lake Worth
Bachelors
30,520
Tampa
Associates
27,061
Jacksonville
Bachelors
24,078
Fort Lauderdale
Doctorate
19,688
Winter Park
Masters
19,443
Fort Pierce
Bachelors
18,244
Sanford
Bachelors
17,706
Coral Gables
Doctorate
16,744
Cocoa
Bachelors
15,825
Gainesville
Bachelors
15,404
Daytona Beach
Bachelors
12,706
Tallahassee
Bachelors
12,200
Bradenton
Bachelors
10,480
Pensacola
Bachelors
9,643
Tallahassee
Doctorate
9,619
Tampa
Masters
8,232
Palatka
Bachelors
7,114
Lakeland
Doctorate
5,804
Niceville
Bachelors
5,761
Panama City
Bachelors
5,483
St. Petersburg
Masters
4,702
Leesburg
Bachelors
4,613
Jacksonville
Doctorate
4,060
West Palm Beach
Doctorate
3,764
Lake City
Bachelors
3,197
Boca Raton
Doctorate
2,842
Avon Park
Bachelors
2,722
Saint Augustine
Masters
2,621
Miami
Masters
1,924
Orlando
N/A
1,539
Miami
N/A
1,374
Sarasota
Bachelors
1,340
Fort Lauderdale
Bachelors
956
Bradenton
N/A
829
Miami
N/A
578
Pembroke Pines
Masters
302
Boca Raton
Masters
301
Miami
Associates
300
Miami Gardens
Bachelors
113
Miami
Bachelors
10

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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Lakeland-Winter Haven210 $42,860
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach4610 $49,480
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island150 $47,320
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton500 $41,490
Ocala150 $35,050
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford2280 $47,920
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville300 $43,640
Panama City80 $43,220
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent210 $44,670
Port St. Lucie140 $45,610
Punta Gorda50 $37,330
Sebastian-Vero Beach80 $32,850
Tallahassee260 $45,990
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater1920 $47,150
Jacksonville970 $47,900
Cape Coral-Fort Myers380 $38,860
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin120 $43,770
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach220 $38,580
Gainesville170 $47,530

Career and College Resources

Real-World Career Reports
Career References and Original Articles