Nationwide Statistics for Graphic Designers
If you’re wondering how Oklahoma compares to the rest of the US, it’s safe to say that the numbers are pretty close. The BLS reports that in May of 2012, there were 279,200 graphic designers employed in the US and their annual median salary was $43,500 (just slightly higher than that of Oklahoma). The states with the highest employment levels in this industry are California, New York, Texas, Florida and Illinois. A large number (more than 29% in May 2009) of graphic designers are self-employed.
Working as a Graphic Designer in the State of Oklahoma
The best opportunities in Oklahoma for graphic designers are in the larger cities: Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman, Edmond, etc. Most graphic designers will work with advertising or marketing companies, publishing companies or software companies although there is need for graphic designers in other industries. Companies like Watkins Small Business Tools, Brewer Specialties, Hester Designs and Campbell & Company Advertising are all examples of companies that may hire graphic designers. There is also the option of working as a freelance graphic designer in the state.
Graphic Design Schools in Oklahoma
When searching for a graphic design school in Oklahoma, you’ll notice that there are quite a few to choose from.
Tulsa Community College – Tulsa Community College offers a Bachelor’s of Arts in graphic design.
University of Central Oklahoma – University of Central Oklahoma’s Graphic Design Program offers several different graphic design degrees.
Other choices include Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City, Southwestern Oklahoma University, Rogers State University, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Oral Roberts University, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Oklahoma Baptist University and 10 others.
Those mentioned above are solely campus-based schools, but there are online graphic design schools available as well. You can learn more about both kinds here.