Types of Degrees Graphic Communications Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many graphic communications graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Graphic Communications Majors Need to Know
O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to graphic communication and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.
Knowledge Areas for Graphic Communication Majors
Graphic Communication majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
- Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Skills for Graphic Communication Majors
When studying graphic communication, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Abilities for Graphic Communication Majors
A major in graphic communication will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:
- Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
What Can You Do With a Graphic Communications Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with graphic communication:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Multimedia Artists and Animators||8.4%||$72,520|
Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Graphic Communications?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of graphic communication majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||19|
|Hispanic or Latino||32|
Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Graphic Communication. About 51.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- South Korea
How Much Do Graphic Communications Majors Make?
Master’s Degree Starting Salary
According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a master’s degree in graphic communication have a median salary of $32,350 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $30,300 (25th percentile) and $37,000 (75th percentile).
We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to graphic communication so take that into consideration.
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $34,550 to $46,750 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to graphic communication. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.
To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Graphic Communications
Some careers associated with graphic communication require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.
How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to graphic communication have obtained the following education levels.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|Less than a High School Diploma||6.7%|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||38.6%|
|Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production)||9.2%|
|Some College Courses||17.3%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||14.0%|
|First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession.||1.4%|
Online Graphic Communications Programs
In the 2018-2019 academic year, 458 schools offered some type of graphic communications program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.
|Degree Level||Colleges Offering Programs||Colleges Offering Online Classes|
|Certificate (Less Than 1 Year)||218||12|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||207||6|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||17||1|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Graphic Communications Worth It?
The median salary for a graphic communication grad is $38,470 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
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Majors Related to Graphic Communications
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to graphic communication.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Other Communication Technology||12|
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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