Graphic designers are responsible for turning concepts into visual designs. They develop logos, colours, text styles and layouts to communicate ideas for corporate and individual clients. Whether they work in print or digital design, graphic designers often work with both text and images, and they may undergo many rounds of revisions before completing a design concept. Designers must be creative and possess superior artistic skills. Since they often work directly with clients, excellent written and verbal communication skills are also job requirements.
Graphic Design Job Education Requirements
Graphic designers typically hold a bachelor's degree in graphic design, illustration, or another creative field. Depending on their preferred medium, many professionals also have additional experience with either visual arts or computer-aided design. Whether they work in print or on a computer, most graphic designers have a complete grasp of specific design programs and applications. Many obtain certifications in specific software suites to demonstrate their expertise. Entry-level graphic designers typically have one to three years of experience before moving on to higher-level positions.
Graphic Design Job Market
Though graphic design jobs encompass both the print and digital spheres, the job market is somewhat limited across the nation. Much of the projected lack of growth in this industry can be attributed to saturation and moderate levels of unemployment. Since just a small number of graphic designers are expected to retire in the coming years, job openings due to natural turnover are expected to be minimal. Provinces expecting the slowest growth in the graphic design job market include Alberta and British Columbia.
Graphic Design Job Salary Information
Graphic designers earn an average of C$22 per hour across Canada. Entry-level designers earn about C$14.50 per hour, while experienced graphic designers earn closer to C$38 per hour. Across the nation, graphic design jobs in Saskatchewan offer the highest salaries, with rates for experienced designers topping out at about C$44 per hour.