Graphic Design Jobs Projected to Increase by 13%


Five dead-end jobs

Feeling like you’re in the rut of a dying career? Consider one of these five alternatives that are growing by at least 10 percent between 2010 and 2020.

By Andrea Duchon

Look, we get it. As a kid, no one sets out to get stuck in a dead-end job or envisions themselves slaving away in a career they hate day in and day out. But somewhere along the line, life happens, and we might end up falling into a less than desirable career path.

Fortunately, if you find yourself in a dead-end career, there are alternatives for you to consider that could provide a brighter outlook for your professional life.

“I’ve worked with many people who describe their career path less like a chosen path and more like ‘falling into a career,’ says Wendy Nolin, professional career coach at Change Agent Careers, a career coaching agency in Texas. “And because they’ve ‘fallen’ a few times, they’ve started to believe they can’t get back up. This is just not true!” says Nolin.

Want to find out what bigger and better alternatives exist for you to consider? Keep reading to learn about five jobs that lead to nowhere – and five growing careers that you should pursue.

Dead-End Job #1: 
Desktop Publisher

Desktop publishers saw their career peak in the heyday of newspapers and printed news. But according to the U.S. Department of Labor, their days are numbered due to the rise in digital publications. In fact, the Department of Labor says careers as desktop publishers are projected to decline by 15 percent from 2010 to 2020.

Why Avoid It: “Careers become obsolete as our technologically oriented society continues to improve and evolve at an ever-increasing speed,” Nolin says. “With the advent of streaming and online news reporting, blog feeds, and instantaneous delivery of information via Twitter, texting, etc., this occupation is dying a slow painful death along with the few remaining newspapers in print circulation.”

Alternative Career: 
Graphic Designer

It makes sense that the need for digital design is growing, since everything seems to be going digital these days. Graphic designers are responsible for the look and feel of a visual concept and for creating designs – either by hand or computer software – according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Plus, this career is slated to grow by 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, reports the Department of Labor.

Why It’s A Better Choice: ”This career marries the creative mindset with the mind-blowing sophistication of technology,” says Nolin. “Graphic designers have the ability to work across every industry, organization size, and geographic location. Their services are in demand across the spectrum, allowing for self-employment or traditional employment.”

Education Options: A bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related subject is usually required for graphic designer positions, according the Department. If you have a bachelor’s in another field, the Department says you may pursue “technical training” to meet most hiring qualifications.

Good News for Graphic Designers

Recent Article from Yahoo:

Six Virtual Jobs With Big Paychecks

“Career #4: Graphic Designer

annual salaries of graphic designers

The simplest explanation for what a graphic designer does is to say they make things look good, while getting paid well for doing it. And because they work mainly on computers, these ladies and gents don’t need to be anywhere near their co-workers or an office to do their jobs.

And what does this job entail? It might include developing the layout for a Web screen, which involves advising clients on strategies, creating images, and developing graphics with computer software, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Working Virtually: “Like a software developer, a graphic designer can create solutions for clients in the comfort of his or her own home directly from their computer,” notes Elizaga.

Sutton Fell agrees: “Because graphic designers heavily use computer software, such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and Quark, it’s easy for them to telecommute and still effectively do their job.”

To successfully telecommute as a graphic designer, she says that you should be comfortable collaborating and receiving feedback online, as well as sticking to and communicating timelines.

Education Options: Graphic designers are usually required to have a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field, according to the Department of Labor. However, people who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field may pursue technical training in graphic design to meet most hiring qualifications.


The Open Lab is Now OPEN:-)!!!

I know everyone has probably already found out but just in case… The Open Lab in the Health Science Center is OPEN!!!

Hours of Operation: 

Monday 12-10

Tuesday-Wednesday 12-6

Thursday 12-10

Not Open on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Don’t have the software? Use the lab. If you are enrolled in a Graphic or Web Design class, the lab is there for you to use. Consider checking it out next time you are on campus.

SPRING 2013 Graphic Design Course Offerings

 All of the listed classes can be found in the full GCC schedule.


Description: Art 133 is a beginning level digital illustration course. Students explore illustration style, problem solving, and the creative use of Adobe Illustrator on the Macintosh computer. Students create projects using course information. The course covers various problem-solving methods, appropriate solutions for spot illustrations, and basic Illustrator tools: palettes, creating and converting anchor points, creating and reshaping paths, basic coloring, gradients, layers, and creating, styling, and editing type.
Recommended preparation: ART 130 or equivalent.
Ticket Type Days Hours Room Instructor Note Books
2998 LEC TTH 01:40pm-02:40pm HS119 HILLQUIST , REBECCA CLOSED View
ST TTH 02:40pm-03:45pm HS119 HILLQUIST , REBECCA - -
3805 LEC T 05:45pm-07:50pm HS119 HILLQUIST , REBECCA CLOSED View
ST T 07:50pm-10:05pm HS119 HILLQUIST , REBECCA - -


Description: Art 134 is an introduction to the tools and techniques of graphic design problem solving. The history of graphic design will be integrated as a foundation for current technique. Graphic design software applications on the Macintosh platform and various output techniques are utilized for the final production of assigned projects. Projects will explore aspects of graphic imagery, typography, and layout. Presentation skills necessary to communicate with future clients are introduced. Critiques focus on appropriate solutions, visual interest and craftsmanship. Transfer Credit: CSU
Recommended preparation: ART 130 or equivalent.
Ticket Type Days Hours Room Instructor Note Books
3000 LEC MW 01:40pm-02:40pm HS120 EASTMAN , CHARLES - View
ST MW 02:40pm-03:45pm HS120 EASTMAN , CHARLES - -


Description: Art 135 focuses on the principles of graphic design using the computer to create layouts that would be used in print media. Emphasis is placed on industry standard software such as Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress on the Macintosh platform. Students integrate typography and graphics to create a variety of projects that explore the technical and aesthetic nature of graphic design. The creation of portfolio level work is stressed throughout the course. Verbal and visual presentation skills necessary to communicate with future clients are emphasized. Critiques focus on appropriate solutions, visual interest and craftsmanship. Transfer Credit: CSU
Recommended preparation: ART 134 or equivalent.
Ticket Type Days Hours Room Instructor Note Books
3002 LEC M 05:45pm-07:50pm HS120 STAFF - View
ST M 07:50pm-10:05pm HS120 STAFF - -
3807 LEC TTH 01:40pm-02:40pm HS120 ABEYTA , STEVEN CLOSED View
ST TTH 02:40pm-03:45pm HS120 ABEYTA , STEVEN - -


Description: Art 136 is a course that focuses on the creation of logos for use as a distinctive symbol of a company, object, publication, person, service, or idea. Emphasis is placed on the basic graphic design principles of typography and color as well as overall layout, to create effective visual communication. The creation of portfolio level work is stressed throughout the course. During class critiques of assigned projects, the verbal and visual presentation skills necessary to communicate with future clients are a priority. Critiques focus on appropriate solutions, visual interest, and craftsmanship. Transfer Credit: CSU
Prerequisite: ART 135 or equivalent.
Ticket Type Days Hours Room Instructor Note Books
3914 LEC T 06:55pm-09:00pm HS120 EASTMAN , CHARLES - View
ST T 09:00pm-10:05pm HS120 EASTMAN , CHARLES - -


Description: Art 250 is an introductory Web graphic course that covers Web design principles and Web graphic creation and preparation for use in the design of Web sites. Emphasis is placed on project planning and Web environment issues that affect design. Students create assigned projects with industry standard software, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Concept and design are emphasized throughout the course.
Prerequisite: None.
Ticket Type Days Hours Room Instructor Note Books
3004 LEC W 06:55pm-07:55pm HS119 HILLQUIST , REBECCA CLOSED View
ST W 07:55pm-10:05pm HS119 HILLQUIST , REBECCA - -
3006 LEC W 01:40pm-02:40pm HS119 HILLQUIST , REBECCA CLOSED View
ST W 02:40pm-03:45pm HS119 HILLQUIST , REBECCA - -


Description: Art 255 is a web design course using industry standard software to create full-page, interactive vector-based web animations. Students learn the construction of multiple-layered animations with interactive buttons, movie clips, graphics, and embedded sound files with optimization for the web. Design quality and concept are emphasized throughout the course. Note: Students who have completed Photography 255 may not take this class for credit.
Prerequisite: ART/PHOTO 250 or equivalent.
Ticket Type Days Hours Room Instructor Note Books
3234 LEC TH 05:45pm-07:50pm HS119 HILLQUIST , REBECCA CLOSED View
ST TH 07:50pm-10:05pm HS119 HILLQUIST , REBECCA - -

Who is STAFF?

Sometimes the catalog will list an instructor as STAFF.
STAFF is the place holder used if at the time that the schedule is published we don’t have a definite answer as to who will be teaching the class.

In Graphic Design this term we have one STAFF class, Art 135 Graphic Design Software on Monday evenings.

If you like surprises and don’t want to know who is actually teaching the class look away now:-)
It is with great pleasure that I announce a new instructor here at GCC.

Leslie Guichard

Multimedia Design Professional/ Educator

What’s New?

Just about everything! From Graphic Design core curriculum (last two years) to the recently (May 2012) Graphic Design Certificate program at GCC has been updated or totally recreated to meet current industry standards.

If you have taken Graphic Design classes at GCC before, you will recognize some of the same faces and several new ones. Some of the biggest changes have been to core Graphic Design courses Art 134, Art 135, Art 136 and Art 137. This update is to let you know some of the details of exactly what has been happening in our Graphic Design program.

Quick Update on changes to the core curriculum:

Art 134 was formerly Graphic Design 1 is now Graphic Design Foundations (see new course description in schedule) All of the basic design skills such as typography and page composition are stressed within the context of historical and contemporary Graphic Design and Graphic Designers. (*Former students see note below)

Art 135 formerly Graphic Design 2, now Graphic Design Layout Software (see new course description in schedule). This class is now dedicated to learning the essential tools used within the Graphic Design industry. A response to student request (“We want an InDesign Class!”) and pouring through two years of job postings to see what employers are seeking, Art 135 is perfect for newbies and the returning professional seeking to upgrade their technical skills. This class is creating a real buzz for all of the right reasons:-) (*Former students see note below)

Art 136 formerly Graphic Design 3 is now Graphic Design Identity and Logo Design (see new course description in schedule). This course is now customized to create Identity and logo design through the application of Graphic Design principles. Research showed that employers and transfer institutions are expecting to see examples of Identity / Logo systems within a Graphic Design portfolio. In Art 136 emphasis is placed on the applied use of typography and classic design principles. Not just theory, and not just technical, this class is truly applied design. (*Former students see note below)

Art 137 formerly Graphic Design 4 is now Graphic Design Portfolio (see new course description in schedule). Art 137 is for the GCC student who has completed the majority of courses in the NEW Graphic Design Certificate (formerly the Advertising Art Certificate) and needs or organize their portfolio to seek employment and or transfer to continue their studies in Graphic Design.
Art 137 is ALSO for the Graphic Design professional that needs to organize their existing portfolio pieces using current presentation techniques. This course is for students who have existing work. (*Former students see note below)

*For those of you are familiar with the previous versions of Art 134, 135, 136, and 137 please take note:
Art 134, 135, 136, and 137 are no longer repeat courses with increasing difficulty. Art 134, 135, 136, and 137 are now distinct separate classes with strong enrollment, separate curriculum, and all of these new courses have the goal of producing separate distinct portfolio level projects. They are also not taught at the same time in the same classroom anymore.

All of these changes have happened over the last two years, and have proven to make a real difference in the level of work produced at GCC. The improvements are in evidence by dramatic increases in transfer to schools such as Art Center College of Design (five years ago 2 students transferred to ACCD during an academic year, this last year 14 students transferred during the same time period). Also, students have gone on to find placement at companies such as Warner Brothers.

I am extrememly excited about the future of Graphic Design here at Glendale Community College and look forward the vital learning environment that our students bring to our campus.

Rebecca Hillquist
Chair of Graphic Design
Glendale Community College
Glendale California