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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

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

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Total Enrollment
Columbus
Doctorate
59,837
Cincinnati
Doctorate
37,155
Athens
Doctorate
29,369
Columbus
Associates
27,204
Cleveland
Associates
23,900
Akron
Doctorate
20,169
Bowling Green
Doctorate
17,357
Cleveland
Doctorate
16,371
North Canton
Associates
11,613
Elyria
Associates
11,042
Dayton
Doctorate
10,882
Cincinnati
Associates
8,807
Kirtland
Associates
7,581
Cincinnati
Doctorate
6,786
Ashland
Doctorate
6,471
Findlay
Doctorate
4,888
Cedarville
Doctorate
3,886
Berea
Masters
3,791
Archbold
Associates
3,620
Portsmouth
Masters
3,582
Newark
Associates
3,479
Piqua
Associates
3,261
Ada
Doctorate
3,088
North Canton
Doctorate
2,759
Zanesville
Associates
2,514
Fremont
Associates
2,243
Mount Vernon
Masters
2,222
Cincinnati
Doctorate
2,010
Huron
Associates
1,970
Cleveland
Masters
1,901
Marietta
Associates
1,821
Rio Grande
Masters
1,812
Columbus
Masters
1,714
Canton
Masters
1,705
Pepper Pike
Doctorate
1,123
Columbus
Masters
1,075
Celina
Bachelors
1,037
Bluffton
Masters
815
Cleveland
Bachelors
636
Defiance
Masters
614
Akron
Bachelors
494
Columbus
Associates
368
Toledo
Bachelors
213
Cincinnati
Masters
181
Cincinnati
Associates
117
Toledo
Associates
91
Cincinnati
Bachelors
20

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.

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
Akron560 $44,210
Canton-Massillon170 $41,070
Cleveland-Elyria1530 $48,590
Columbus1400 $52,780
Dayton500 $50,310
Lima30 $52,290
Mansfield50 $37,350
Springfield40 $43,280
Toledo360 $43,510

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