What does a Graphic Designer do?

Graphic designers use their artistic abilities to communicate ideas, inform consumers, and solve problems. From the layout of a website to large images seen on billboards, graphic designers create visual concepts by hand or by computer to help others interpret the world around them through color, texture, images, and symbols. Graphic designers can be found in many industries and may be responsible for all aspects of a company's design process, or they might specialize in a particular field such as advertising, digital design, illustration, or branding. Some work independently as freelancers, while others are part of a design studio, a creative agency, or a corporate company.

Most graphic design positions require at least a Bachelor's degree in graphic design or a related field. However, graphic designers need creativity first and foremost, as well as knowledge of the industry's standard software.

  • Create and design various materials for print and digital collateral
  • Ensure projects are completed with high quality and on schedule
  • Establish creative direction for the company as well as brand guidelines
  • Prioritize and manage multiple projects within design specifications and budget restrictions
  • Perform retouching and manipulation of images
  • Work with a wide range of media and use graphic design software
  • Bachelor's degree in graphic arts, design, communications, or related field
  • 3-5 years of experience in graphic design
  • Knowledge of layouts, graphic fundamentals, typography, print, and the web
  • Familiarity with HTML and CSS preferred
  • Knowledge of Adobe PhotoShop, Illustrator, Sketch, InDesign, and other graphic design software
  • Compelling portfolio of work over a wide range of creative projects
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent eye for detail

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
20%
2 - 4
61%
5 - 7
12%
8+
7%

Common Skill Sets

Indesign Photoshop
Adobe Creative Suite
Adobe Creative Cloud
HTML AND CSS
Microsoft Office Suite
Excellent Communication
Editing
Powerpoint

Graphic Designer Seniority Levels

L2
Graphic Designer
$47,789/yr
Art Manager
23% made the transition
Web Designer
4% made the transition
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Graphic Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

CA$47,789 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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CA$34k
Median: CA$48k
CA$67k
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