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Graphic Designer

Use visual media, typography and page design techniques to create print and digital assets.

What's it like to be a Graphic Designer?

Graphic Designers use visual media (such as drawing, painting, digital media), typography and page design techniques to create print and digital assets, design layout, logos, icons and infographics or develop advertising collateral.

Tasks and duties

  • Consult with clients to discuss concept, design, timeline and budget.
  • According to the brief, use a variety of materials to create a proposed design, taking into account feedback from the client.
  • Advise clients on design developments, develop a design portfolio and stay abreast of industry-specific trends.

Graphic Designers may work in a variety of settings including design studios, private practice, government, start-ups or freelance

As creative professionals, Graphic Designers need to have strong visual skills, which include an understanding of colour, contrast and scale. Many Graphic Designers use different computer suites such as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to assist in developing and refining their designs.

What can I earn as a Graphic Designer?

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The most common salary for a Graphic Designer is between $55k and $65k
Source: SEEK job ads

How to become a Graphic Designer

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To work as a Graphic Designer in Australia, a qualification specialising in graphic design is usually required.
  1. Undertake a formal qualification in graphic design. This may be a Diploma of Graphic Design (CUA50715) or a Bachelor of Design (Graphic Design).
  2. There are numerous opportunities for Graphic Designers who want to further their career. This may include pursuing a specialisation or working towards becoming an art director, creative lead or user experience designer.

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Find a vocational or higher education course in graphic design to kick start your career.

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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Marketing
  • Web savviness
  • Self motivation
  • Innovation
  • After effects
  • Written skills

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • Indesign
  • Ms office proficiency
  • Web savviness
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How do Graphic Designers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 25 Graphic Designers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.0
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
3.2
Job security
3.2
Pay / Salary
3.0
Variety of work
3.9

Latest reviews

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Negative
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Graphic design
The good things
This job title hides a diverse skill set these days. Depending on the employer, you may be expected to be accomplished in print design, web design, ui/ux, copy writing, pitching projects, motion graph...
The challenges
The bad: from here the next step is often management, which sees you doing less creative work. Can be high pressure with tight deadlines and other factors. Pretty heavily computer based and you better...
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Graphic Design
The good things
What I love about my role is the versatility of projects I can work on and the ability to work Globally (not being too constained to be confined to an office always to do the job) as well as doing thi...
The challenges
Generally speaking, a third party has the last say of your work (whether you like it or not). Whether it be a manager in an office environment, or your freelance client's own personal taste. Sometimes...
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Commerce
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Branding
The good things
I enjoy the ability to have my expertise called up being apart of the creative department in the global office. People inherently trust my decisions and ask for recommendations. I get carte blache to ...
The challenges
Sometimes the client always being right pains me too much. There are sometimes too many cooks in the kitchen that add to the delusion of brand standards and creative aesthetics. Sometimes things just ...
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Art director
Experience
5 – 9 years
Specialisation
Graphic design
The good things
Freedom and fulfillment when I get to do what I love. Wherever I want!
The challenges
No steady paycheck
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts
Experience
1 – 4 years
Specialisation
Administration
The good things
The good things about being a graphic designer is you get to do what you love on a daily basis. You can be your own boss and work your own hours. The interesting people that you meet and when someone ...
The challenges
The expectations from clients, there are many. The long hours that no one sees behind the scenes and you are neither appreciated or paid for. The fact that everyone wants you to design them something ...
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)
Experience
1 – 4 years
The good things
- Allows you to tap in to the creative side of the brain - Develops problem solving skills
The challenges
- Instability - Can become stuck in repetitive job with strict guidelines that doesn't allow you to explore creative solutions
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts
Experience
Less than a year
Specialisation
Publishing
The good things
Seeing your work published, in the flesh. People using/reading/enjoying something you have designed.
The challenges
Managing client expectations regarding how long a project will take to complete. Clients paying accounts on time.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Graphic Design
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
publishing
The good things
You do need a lot of passion and patient at the same time in this role. Understanding the client's need and always go beyond in research and concepts are very important. I think the biggest challenge ...
The challenges
Design industry is quite competitive in Melbourne, there are lot of good designers out there. I think networking, staying up-to-date with technologies will definitely help you to shine from the crowd....
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Brand Development
The good things
Every day is different and the great thing about brand development and creating something from scratch is that I get to draw inspiration from so many places (not just pinterest!) but nature, my little...
The challenges
The biggest challenge I have is managing my time. I have to be mindful of people's expectations of me and that owing to the fact that all jobs and clients are different, there isnt a stock standard ti...
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of graphic desgon
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Graphic design
The good things
You can create your own hours and work around your life rather than working around work. Own boss. But you need to be motivated and strict on your working habits.
The challenges
Always looking for work is hard
Source: SEEK Role Reviews

Working hours for Graphic Designers

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
Often
Sometimes
Never
Source: SEEK Role Reviews from 25 Graphic Designers

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