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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 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.

Check out the list of Massachusetts graphic design schools to find a location that's most convenient for you.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Massachusetts

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Framingham, Boston and Pittsfield
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Leominster, New Bedford and Worcester
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Boston, Springfield and Framingham

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Massachusetts

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Framingham, Lowell and Springfield

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More Massachusetts 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
Boston
Doctorate
32,695
Boston
Doctorate
20,381
Boston
Associates
13,253
Boston
Doctorate
10,148
North Dartmouth
Doctorate
8,647
Worcester
Associates
7,696
Brockton
Associates
7,471
Boston
Doctorate
7,461
Fitchburg
Masters
6,763
Danvers
Associates
6,315
Haverhill
Associates
5,976
Springfield
Associates
5,622
Cambridge
Doctorate
4,865
Beverly
Doctorate
4,835
Boston
Masters
4,442
West Barnstable
Associates
3,319
Milton
Masters
2,926
Worcester
Masters
2,607
Easton
Bachelors
2,481
Boston
Masters
2,190
Worcester
Masters
2,189
Newton
Masters
2,064
Boston
Masters
1,982
Greenfield
Associates
1,957
Chicopee
Doctorate
1,604
Newton
Masters
1,394
Paxton
Masters
1,386
Brookline
Bachelors
751
Beverly
Bachelors
377
Brookline
Bachelors
94
Boston
Masters
0

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

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.

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® 23.1 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
Barnstable Town50 $47,970
Leominster-GardnerN/A N/A
New Bedford70 $50,210
Pittsfield40 $42,870

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