There are plenty of perceptions that people have when they hear the words ‘graphic design’ or ‘graphic designer.’ Most are perceptions that don’t depict the profession very well. Anyone who’s ever wanted to become a graphic designer knows that the way you look at it in the beginning is not the same as the way you view it once you have worked within the graphic design industry for a while. It’s just how it is, and I think that is unfortunately how it will always be.
Many people believe that being a graphic designer is a free and quite laid back profession, which will enable you basically an unlimited amount of spare time. The truth is a whole different story. The stress and the long hours can easily have you looking for another job in less than a year of getting started. Clients are usually not very coherent, and more than often they change their minds over and over before a project is done and paid for. And, that is if you even get paid enough for the job you just did.
In order to shed some light on what it means to be in the graphic design industry, we are going to take a look at a fresh infographic from Isi Gonzalez called What You Need To Know About Graphic Design. It basically helps us understand the basics of how the graphic design industry works, and what you can come to expect when you decide to immerse yourself into this highly creative profession.
There are currently 2.1 million graphic designers in the United States alone. 81% of them have a bachelor’s degree, which of course makes finding a position a competitive endeavor, if you know what I mean. 54% of all graphic designers are women, and the average salary is around $50,000. There are currently around 12,380 new jobs within the graphic design industry, which is something that further makes job hunting quite a competitive task.
Have a closer look at this infographic to see what you can expect when treading into the graphic design industry. If you have the dedication and creativity, being a graphic designer can be quite a rewarding profession. However, don’t expect it to be the freedom most people think it is. You will be slapped with long hours and ungrateful clients more times than not. But then again, all professions come with their negative aspects, right?
Isi Gonzalez’s The Graphic Design Industry
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