Career Opportunities

The market for visual artists is exploding, with job prospects better than they have been in years. Students interested in pursuing creative careers now have a wide range of options upon graduation. There is an incredible increase in both full-time and freelance jobs. A recent interest in animation, web page design and tattoos have created many new opportunities for artists.

Career opportunities for graduates of Advertising Art & Design in order of relevance include:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Commercial and Industrial Designer
  • Multimedia Artist and Animator
  • Prepress Technician
  • Office Machine Operator (except computer)
  • Web Developer
  • Film and Video Editor
  • Fine Artist (Painter, Sculptor, Illustrator)
  • Teacher
  • Advertising Sales Agent
  • Cartographer
  • Designer (all other)
  • Printing Press Operator
  • Art Director
  • Set and Exhibit Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Craft Artist
  • Interior Designer

Some opportunities require further education.

Employment Outlook

The median wage for graphic designers is $21.16 hourly/$44,010 yearly, with most people in Pennsylvania earning $33.06 hourly/$68,800 yearly. In 2010, there were 279,000 people employed nationally as graphic designers. This field is expected to grow 10%-19% through the year 2020 with 12,380 projected job openings. (Source: O*Net Report for Graphic Designers)