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A graphic designer, also called a graphic artist, communicates ideas visually by creating effective and appealing web pages, illustrations, marketing campaigns and other print and media art. 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 can work in a variety of environments, including advertising or communications companies, newspapers, magazines or design firms.

Graphic Design Schools in Pennsylvania

A bachelor's degree in graphic design is typically required for most graphic design positions and is offered at many colleges and universities as well as private design schools. 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. Graphic design coursework often includes, but is not limited to, studio art, website design, printing techniques, computerized design and commercial graphics production. In addition to these art and design courses, it may be helpful to take classes in psychology, foreign languages, cultural studies, marketing and business. Creativity, openness to new ideas, communication and problem solving skills are also crucial for the job. Earning an online or traditional degree from one of the many Pennsylvania graphic design schools is a great way to start your career as a graphic artist.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Pennsylvania

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). In addition, those with animation and website design experience will be in high demand. To join the more than 8,100 graphic designers in Pennsylvania, begin earning your degree from one of the following Pennsylvania graphic design schools. BLS data shows that as of May 2009, Pennsylvania graphic designers earned a median salary of $39,440 a year. The 10th percentile earned a median salary of $25,250 a year while the 90th percentile earned $65,190 a year. The Harrisburg-Carlisle area, Lancaster and Erie have the most graphic designers while those in Lancaster, Lebanon and the Harrisburg-Carlisle 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 Pennsylvania.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Pennsylvania

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: State College, Lebanon and Lancaster
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Johnstown, Williamsport and York
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Allentown

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Pennsylvania

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Philadelphia, Lancaster and Reading

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  • Graphic Design - Associate in Specialized Technology
  • Committed to excellence in post-secondary education since 1982, with a rich history of helping students find successful careers.
  • Located in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, the main campus spans 63,500 square feet.
  • Offers programs in business, design, criminal justice, and more.
  • Gives several benefits to alumni including national discounts and career services.
  • Part of the Delta Career Education Corporation.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
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  • Graphic Design (AS)
  • Graphic & Web Design (BFA)
  • Graphic Design & Foundation for Design (D)
  • Online and Bachelor's programs include B.S. in Advertising, B.S. in Web Design, B.A. in Interior Design, and more
  • Curriculum focus on preparing students for a creative career by teaching them the fundamentals of advertising and design
  • Students can choose from courses that cover areas such as advertising concepts, art direction, experience design, and online marketing
  • Over 50 locations nationwide, with a student support team dedicated to helping students grow
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  • Associate Degree-Computer Graphics and Design
  • Diploma-Computer Graphics Specialist
  • Associate Degree-Web Design
  • Features a public spa where massage students can get real-world experience.
  • Honored by the PennSuburban Chamber of Commerce as Business of the Century in 2013.
  • New terms start every 10 weeks.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Main campus is located in North Wales, Pennsylvania, with satellite campuses in Phoenixville and Warminster.
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  • Master of Fine Arts: Graphic Design
  • Master of Arts in Visual Communication Design
  • Liberty University’s online programs ranked in the top 10 out of more than 2,100 colleges & universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility.*
  • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level.**
  • Transfer up to 90 credits into an undergraduate degree program.
  • Up to 50% of your master’s degree can be transferred in to help you get the most out of your hard work and maximize the credit you previously earned.
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  • Graphic Arts (AAS)
  • Graphic Arts (BS)
  • Graphic Arts - Information Design (BS)

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  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Web Design and Development, Bachelor of Science (Online)
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  • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
  • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
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  • DEC Interior Design
  • A private, accredited distance learning college based in Norcross, Georgia founded in 1987.
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  • Recognized as a Top 20 Best Online Bachelor’s Program by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.
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More Pennsylvania Graphic Design Schools

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

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Newtown
Associate
9,649
Butler
Associate
3,656
Radnor
Masters
3,108
California
Masters
8,206
Pittsburgh
Doctorate
10,326
Pittsburgh
Associate
18,525
Media
Associate
10,816
Monessen
Associate
280
Philadelphia
Doctorate
20,682
East Stroudsburg
Masters
7,053
Harrisburg
Associate
9,774
Pittsburgh
Masters
1,499
Philadelphia
Doctorate
5,994
Schnecksville
Associate
7,184
Bethlehem
Doctorate
6,845
Nanticoke
Associate
6,323
Scranton
Doctorate
3,316
Philadelphia
Bachelor
558
Bethlehem
Associate
7,912
University Park
Doctorate
43,252
Philadelphia
Doctorate
3,349
Pittsburgh
Masters
3,591
Moon Township
Doctorate
5,055
Latrobe
Masters
1,924
State College
Associate
661
Selinsgrove
Bachelor
2,039
Philadelphia
Doctorate & First Professional
34,696
Philadelphia
Masters
2,396
Philadelphia
Doctorate & First Professional
23,980
New Wilmington
Masters
1,455
Youngwood
Associate
6,239

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Pennsylvania. 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
Altoona 70 $37,500
Johnstown 50 $35,790
Chambersburg-Waynesboro 80 $37,700
Erie 180 $46,390
Gettysburg 50 $51,260
Harrisburg-Carlisle 490 $45,240
Lancaster 570 $46,950
Lebanon 50 $48,400
Pittsburgh 1820 $47,160
Reading 280 $43,860
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton 300 $37,190
State College 40 $46,600
Williamsport 60 $42,880
York-Hanover 210 $39,230

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