Graphic designers are required for a huge variety of products and activites. Graphic designers design effective ways to get messages across in print and electronic media using color, type, illustration, photography, animation, and various print and layout techniques. Most work is done using specialized industry-standard graphics and multimedia software. To become a graphic designer, you need a bachelor's degree and familiarity with computer graphics and design software. The demand for this career is predicted to increase 13% in the next 5 years. The median annual salary is $44,150 and the median hourly wage is $21.22. A related occupation would be a creative director.