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Graphic Designers - 27-1024.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Artist
  • Brand Designer
  • Designer
  • Graphic Artist
  • Graphic Design Coordinator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Online Producer
  • Production Artist
  • Publications Designer
  • Technical Illustrator

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.
  • Create designs, concepts, and sample layouts, based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.
  • Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type.
  • Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Web sites.
  • Draw and print charts, graphs, illustrations, and other artwork, using computer.
  • Key information into computer equipment to create layouts for client or supervisor.
  • Maintain archive of images, photos, or previous work products.
  • Mark up, paste, and assemble final layouts to prepare layouts for printer.
  • Photograph layouts, using camera, to make layout prints for supervisors or clients.
  • Prepare digital files for printing.
  • Prepare illustrations or rough sketches of material, discussing them with clients or supervisors and making necessary changes.
  • Prepare notes and instructions for workers who assemble and prepare final layouts for printing.
  • Produce still and animated graphics for on-air and taped portions of television news broadcasts, using electronic video equipment.
  • Research new software or design concepts.
  • Research the target audience of projects.
  • Review final layouts and suggest improvements, as needed.
  • Study illustrations and photographs to plan presentation of materials, products, or services.
  • Use computer software to generate new images.
  • Write or edit copy for clients.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Collaborate with others to develop or refine designs.
  • Collect data about customer needs.
  • Conduct market research.
  • Conduct research to inform art, designs, or other work.
  • Confer with clients to determine needs.
  • Create computer-generated graphics or animation.
  • Design layout of art or product exhibits, displays, or promotional materials.
  • Design layouts for print publications.
  • Draw detailed or technical illustrations.
  • Edit written materials.
  • Maintain records, documents, or other files.
  • Operate photographic developing or print production equipment.
  • Operate still or video cameras or related equipment.
  • Perform administrative or clerical tasks.
  • Research new technologies.
  • Review art or design materials.
  • Write advertising or promotional material.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advanced Visual Information-Graphics Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Artist (Officer) (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Combat Graphics Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Illustrator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Graphic Illustrator Apprentice (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Graphic Illustrator Journeyman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Illustrator Draftsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Illustrator Draftsman Tracknig NEC (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mass Communications Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Production Manager (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Mass Communication Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Information Specialty (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Visual Information Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Graphic Designer

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Graphic Designer