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Graphic Design: for Love or Money? - Part III

glenn-seaborg-2Wisdom from a Scientist
Glenn T. Seaborg was giving a lecture to an auditorium full of high schoolers one day and remarked how lucky of a man he was.

The Periodic Table, the large map of all the physical known elements, is familiar to anyone who has taken a chemistry or physics class.

The Nobel Prize winner was involved in the discovery of 10 of these elements.

He said he not only loved his work and had fun at it, but "I can't believe I get paid to do it too!"

How many of us are fortunate enough to enjoy our work and "get paid for it too!"
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coin-stackHow Much Does A Graphic Designer Make?
As a graphic designer or someone who is contemplating graphic design as a career, a love of the process of creating is definitely needed to be successful. But there is the practical side of this as well; can you make a living from it?

The U.S Bureau of Statistics and Labor (May 2010) says the median annual wage for a graphic designer is $43,180.

Those in the top 10 percent of wage earners in graphic design make approximately $76,450 per year. Those in the lowest 10 percent of wage earners made $26,440 per year.

The amount of money you can earn depends on various factors related to skill level, the type of graphic design job you have, the type of company you work for, and your educational background.

college-entranceGraphic Design School and You
In today's career market there is heavy competition for available jobs. Getting the necessary training in graphic design is a must to remain competitive.

Generally speaking a minimum of a bachelor's of arts degree in graphic design is needed to qualify for entry level positions. Community colleges offer 2-year degrees that may open opportunities for technical jobs in graphic design.

In graphic design college you'll learn the principles of design, art history, and the important skill sets needed to use and operate computer hardware and design software.

If you have graduated from graphic design school, continued education may be necessary to keep up with the fast changing tools and procedures in the field of graphic design.

heart-and-moneyFor Love or Money?
Hopefully you'll be able to say "both." Enjoying your job gives you great satisfaction even during the times when the wages aren't as good as you'd want them to be.

But hating your job and making lots of money is rarely a good trade off when it comes to personal well-being and satisfaction.

In the long run, graphic design or any job involving creativity or design can be quite fulfilling. Just make sure you have the proper career training to be competitive.

Graphic Design Career Information Links
The following links may provide you with additional information regarding graphic design jobs, qualifying skills and attributes, and other points of interest:

Graphic Designer Job Outlook
Graphic Designer Qualifications and Skill Sets

Current Wage Statistics for Graphic Designers


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