Lots of people get into graphic design and decide to follow through with it into college. Indeed, many community colleges and universities offer graphic design programs for you to choose from. There are even whole schools dedicated to creating graphically beautiful designs for yourself and for corporations. How you choose to get your education is up to you and your wants and needs.
Of course, the next question everyone asks is what kind of jobs they can get with this degree. What graphic design career options are there? Today we’re going to take a look at what you can do with that awesome degree you worked so hard for.
Graphic design as it relates to the internet often refers to website design. This, however, requires extra knowledge in at least basic coding so you can put your designs on the functional screen.
There is a lot of money to be made out of designing websites for other people. Professional website designers can command thousands of dollars for a sleek, beautiful site. This does mean you have to stay on top of the latest trends and understand what makes a good website work well for visitors and commerce. For people who like to get technical, this could be the job for you.
Posters / Book Covers / Online Graphics
If you would rather stick to just the designing and not the coding, then you’ll want to pick a niche that appeals to you in the world of general graphic design. Some people learn all about the book publishing industry and create genre-relevant, striking covers that help sell books. Others create Facebook banners/ads and other advertising graphics for people who need them. Furthermore, you can make some good money creating fliers and posters for bands and the like.
There are a lot of possibilities. Some designers become a jack of all designing trades. Some pick a niche and become so good at it that their name is synonymous with it. It’s up to you and what appeals to you the most.
Of course, if nothing else is working out for you, you can always become an instructor like the people who taught you. There’s nothing shameful about it. Some people end up discovering that graphic design really isn’t for them, even though they enjoy it. They’re better off teaching the next generation of designers what to look out for and how to use certain programs.
Good money can be made from this just like anything else. It’s only a different way to make money with your degree. You don’t have to become a freelancer just to know what it feels like to be a graphic designer.
There are many graphic design career options out there waiting for you. Whether you are thinking about getting a degree or have one already, you are bound to find something that appeals to you. Become employed or strike out on your own. Graphic design offers so much flexibility that sometimes it’s difficult to choose!