Graphic designers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Supervise other graphic designers or graphic arts technicians.
B. Co-ordinate sub-contracting
C. Work in a multidisciplinary environment
D. Determine the medium best suited to produce the desired visual effect and the most appropriate vehicle for communication
E. Develop the graphic elements that meet the clients' objectives
F. Prepare sketches, layouts and graphic elements of the subjects to be rendered using traditional tools, multimedia software and image processing, layout and design software
G. Estimate cost of materials and time to complete graphic design
1. Specialized design services - 31.0%
2. Information and cultural industries - 14.0%
3. Retail trade - 14.0%
4. Printing and related support activities - 10.0%
5. Advertising and related services - 10.0%
6. Computer systems design and related services - 5.0%
7. Miscellaneous manufacturing - 4.0%
1. You must have a high school diploma and creative ability as demonstrated by a portfolio of your work.
2. You usually need a university degree in visual arts with a specialization in graphic design, commercial art, graphic communications or cartooning, or a college/other program in graphic arts. As an illustrator, you may also need additional training in your area of specialization.
3. You may need experience or training in multimedia design at a college/post-secondary or technical institution.
4. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a manager or senior designer.
5. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.
2. Computer-related courses
3. Graphic Design
The average hourly wages for Graphic Designers and Illustrators is $19.00/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the art, culture, recreation and sport sector and are close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.