Graphic Designers work in the Creative Department of an Advertising Agency. A Graphic Designer specialises in the visual communication of text and images in advertisements across all Media. Graphic Designers can progress to become Art Directors or Creative Directors.
For an entry level design job, employers will usually require a four year bachelors degree, but this is not always a prerequisite.
While the software packages have varied over the years, most graphic designers are trained on Apple Macs and the variety of Adobe Creative Suite software such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamworks, etc
A specialist Media Recruitment Agency will be able to introduce you to relevant employment opportunities with suitable Advertising Agencies. You should be prepared to produce a design portfolio at interview and try to tailor it to suit the type of work the agency specialises in, for example if they specialise in corporate identity and branding try to include samples of this kind.
Salaries for Graphic Designers range from c£18k at entry level up to c£32k with a higher level of experience.