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Graphic designers, also known as graphic artists, use a variety of visual elements to promote or enhance a product, brand or company. Employment can vary for graphic designers as they can work regular hours at a large company or on a job basis as consultants or freelancers. Graphic designers can work in a variety of environments, including advertising or communications companies, newspapers, magazines or design firms.

Graphic Design Schools in Oregon

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 graphic design student, you'll take courses in studio art, principles of design, website design, computerized design, printing techniques and commercial graphics production. Some may find it helpful to take additional courses in writing, psychology, marketing, foreign languages and business. Graphic designers also need to have good communication and problem solving skills as they must be able to work with clients, copywriters, vendors and anyone else involved in a design project. Earning an online or traditional degree from one of the many Oregon graphic design schools is a great way to start your career as a graphic artist.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Oregon

As the demand for graphic designers continues to increase, employment should grow 13 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Graphic designers with animation and website expertise will be preferred as the demand for interactive media projects increases. There are more than 2,700 graphic designers in the state of Oregon. If you're interested in joining them, there are a number of graphic design schools in Oregon that can help you achieve this goal. BLS data from May 2009 (latest available), shows that Oregon graphic designers made a median hourly salary of $19.44, which equates to a salary of $40,440 a year. In additon, graphic designers tend to migrate towards the Portland metropolitan area, the Eugene-Springfield area and Medford, were job opportunities are more common.

Whether you want to work for a big advertising company, start your own design firm or do part-time freelance work, earning a degree from one of the following Oregon graphic design schools will help you achieve your goals.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Oregon

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Bend, Eugene and Medford
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Salem, Portland and Corvallis
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Portland, Eugene and Medford

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Oregon

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Portland, Medford and Corvallis

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  • Graphic Design (AS)
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  • Online and Bachelor's programs include B.S. in Advertising, B.S. in Web Design, B.A. in Interior Design, and more
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  • Graphic Arts (AAS)
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  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
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  • Campus-based and online degrees include Computer Animation (BS), Digital Arts and Design (BS), Graphic Design (BS), and more
  • Students take ongoing portfolio courses that allow them to build and refine their design portfolio
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  • Curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement
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  • Graphic Arts (AAS)
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More Oregon Graphic Design Schools

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

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Salem
Associate
7,255
Eugene
Associate
8,618
Albany
Associate
5,290
Gresham
Associate
7,588
Portland
Masters
432
Portland
Associate
24,353
Portland
Masters
24,963

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Oregon. 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
Bend-Redmond 110 $42,800
Corvallis 50 $49,870
Eugene 270 $42,820
Grants Pass 50 $41,530
Salem 90 $45,920
Medford 120 $43,270

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