Graphic Designers and Desktop Publishers

Military Career

General Information

Description

Graphic designers and desktop publishers use their creativity in the areas of production, maintenance, and coordination related to visual products and presentations. They use computer software or manually develop the overall layout and production design for various media such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and reports.

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Work Environment

Graphic designers and desktop publishers usually work in offices on land or aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Specialized Design Services
  • Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
  • Printing and Related Support Activities
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Graphic Designers and Desktop Publishers in the Military

6,422

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Salary

Average Salary

$48,913

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 61%
  • Associate's degree 15%
  • Some college 7%
  • Post-secondary certificate 7%
  • High school 3%
  • Master's degree 3%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Graphic designers and desktop publishers develop skills through classroom and on-the-job instruction, including practice in preparing graphic designs and illustrations. Training content may include: Graphics, lettering, drawing, and layout techniquesIllustration and television graphic techniquesTheory and use of colorUse of production equipmentCreation of original artwork and portfoliosDevelopment of digital media and print products

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Knowledge

  • Design
  • Communications and Media
  • Fine Arts
  • Computers and Electronics
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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