Is graphic arts/graphic design a good major with lots of career opportunities in your county?

Hi! My friend's daughter changed her major from architecture to graphic design/arts. She was accepted into a seven year architecture program and then changed her major to graphic design which takes 4 years for the B.A. and then many go on to get a M.A. in the same thing. She is now starting her second year. She goes to a very good USA University.

1. Is this a good major? Are there lots of jobs out there, or is she educating herself to be unemployable?

2. Where are the jobs? Are there other countries where this major has more opportunity? Japan?

My gut feeling is that it is a huge mistake. I wish I had more information. I hope I'm wrong. I'm glad it is not my daughter.

4 Answers

  • 9 years ago
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    There are a lot of jobs in this field but there are still more graduates than jobs. Architecture either pays well or not at all. There are a lot of out of work architects right now.

    Graphic arts will rarely make you rich but there are way more jobs.

    Japan does not accept immigrant workers that are not ethnic Japanese. Graphic Arts is not considered a sufficiently high skill for an immigrant visa unless the person had become famous at it.

    Information on every major:

    This link considers certain degrees useless as the number of jobs that will be created in the field up to 2018 is less than the number of graduates in one year in that major

    Here is a list of average starting & mid-career salaries for most 4 year majors. Note these stats only apply to people who actually got a job in that field. Many graduates in the lower half of the list never get a job in their field & are not counted.

    The higher they pay, the harder the major & generally the more math needed. Just be aware that high pay does not mean high demand.

    Highest Starting Salaries of 2011:

    Most in demand degrees:

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    The job prospects for most occupations in the USA.,8599,2...

    But on the bright side, if you have a genuine interest in the field you are pursuing & are willing to throw yourself in it & do anything for it, you will fare better than someone doing something because they can’t think of anything better to do. Those with a real passion for something can move mountains to become successful, but if you don’t have that fire in you, you are at a disadvantage

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  • Bob B
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    You can never educate yourself to be unemployable. Even the most useless degree doesn't actually stop you getting a job.

    On top of that, in my experience you'll do far better if you study an area that actually interests you. Too many people end up in careers that they hate because they made a bad choice in their study program. Obviously, being pragmatic is important, but it doesn't completely overrule whether or not you like (or are any good at) the degree.

    I can't tell you if graphic arts is a good choice or not; it's not my field. But I can tell you that you never really know where your study can take you either. When I started my degree, I had no idea what I was going to do when it was over. In fact, I didn't even know my current career path even existed.

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  • Angela
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Web Designer/Developer

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  • Pamela
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    For the best answers, search on this site

    Computer science is the way to go. You will make bank. A double major will not hurt you.

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