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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.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Ohio

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Cincinnati, Akron and Columbus
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Youngstown, Springfield and Mansfield
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Ohio

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Cincinnati, Springfield and Columbus

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More Ohio Graphic Design Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Cincinnati
Masters
144
Ashland
Doctorate
6,493
Saint Clairsville
Associate
1,742
Huron
Bachelor
2,065
Bowling Green
Doctorate
18,619
Cedarville
Masters
3,055
Cleveland
Bachelor
485
Cincinnati
Doctorate
2,282
Cleveland
Associate
24,563
Toledo
Associate
484
Defiance
Masters
973
Piqua
Associate
3,025
Kirtland
Associate
8,934
Mount Vernon
Masters
2,675
Archbold
Associate
2,944
Cleveland
Masters
1,490
Columbus
Masters
3,082
Columbus
Doctorate
52,568
Athens
Doctorate
21,089
Akron
Doctorate & First Professional
23,007
Dayton
Doctorate
10,395
Pepper Pike
Masters
1,550
Youngstown
Doctorate
13,595

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

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.

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, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Akron 630 $48,530
Canton-Massillon 180 $40,680
Cleveland-Elyria 1570 $47,250
Columbus 1360 $51,180
Dayton 470 $48,440
Lima 50 $44,390
Mansfield 50 $40,910
Springfield 40 $40,390
Toledo 370 $40,200

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