Graphic designer

Graphic designers create visual branding, adverts, brochures, magazines, website designs, product packaging and displays.

Annual Salary

£16,000 to £50,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 40

Future employment

There will be 4% more Graphic designer jobs in 2023.
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What's it all about?

You could work in print or online, in marketing, publishing, product or games design.

Depending on your role, your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • discussing the client's requirements and coming up with creative ideas
  • working out budgets and deadlines
  • producing rough drafts and presenting your ideas
  • preparing designs using specialist software
  • making presentations to clients for feedback and approval
  • producing a final layout
  • explaining requirements to photographers, printers, manufacturers or games developers
  • keeping up with design trends and developments in software tools

There are no set requirements. You'll usually need a foundation degree, HND or degree in graphic design or other visual art subject.

You'll need a portfolio of work to demonstrate your creativity.

Some relevant work experience, especially on a live project, will help when looking for a job.

You could get into this career through an apprenticeship.

£16,000 to £50,000

Starter salary: £16,000 to £18,000

Experienced salary: £20,000 to £30,000

These figures are a guide.

37 to 40

You'll usually work around 37 hours a week in a studio or office. You may need to work longer hours to meet deadlines.

You may go out to visit clients.

You could become a senior designer, creative director or move into management.

You could go freelance or start your own design agency.

The Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) and the International Society of Typographical Designers (ISTD) have resources to help you progress your career.

Another option is to move into teaching or lecturing.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • excellent communication, IT and writing skills
  • attention to detail
  • design and presentation skills
  • organisational and budgeting skills
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