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962 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
280 Master's Degrees Annually
#11 in Popularity
$54,680 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Computer Graphics Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many computer graphics graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 962
Basic Certificate 743
Associate’s Degree 615
Master’s Degree 280
Undergraduate Certificate 207

What Computer Graphics Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, computer graphics majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Computer Graphics Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in computer graphics should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Skills for Computer Graphics Majors

A major in computer graphics prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Computer Graphics Majors

As you progress with your computer graphics degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

What Can You Do With a Computer Graphics Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with computer graphics:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Graphic Designers 4.2% $50,370

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Graphics?

962 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
48% Percent Women
40% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 48% of the graduates are women, and 52% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of computer graphics majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Computer Graphics Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 65
Black or African American 48
Hispanic or Latino 230
White 449
International Students 83
Other Races/Ethnicities 87

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Computer Graphics. About 8.6% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Computer Graphics Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Computer Graphics majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $54,680 to $89,580 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Computer Graphics Major  ( 54680 to 89580 )
Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )

Some degrees associated with computer graphics may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for computer graphics careers below.

Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 2.1%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 4.2%
Some College Courses 5.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 12.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 73.7%
Master’s Degree 2.3%

Online Computer Graphics Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 145 schools offered some type of computer graphics program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 59 7
Certificate (1-2 years) 31 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 1
Associate’s Degree 70 6
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 59 7
Master’s Degree 8 1
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Computer Graphics Worth It?

The median salary for a computer graphics grad is $54,680 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 37% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $295,600 after 20 years!


You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to computer graphics.

Major Number of Grads
Web & Multimedia Design 5,607
Data Modeling/Warehousing & Database Administration 2,209
Other Computer Software & Media Applications 1,492
Modeling, Virtual Environments & Simulation 678


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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