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Design Schools

There are 1,563 accredited design schools in the country. As a professor or instructor of design classes at one of these schools, you play a essential role in shaping the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in design academia which includes design training at the following levels:

  • Design Certificate
  • Associates degree in Design
  • Bachelors degree in Design
  • Masters degree in Design
  • PhD degree in Design


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Design professionals

404,590 417,290 422,710 393,410 370,320
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In 2010, 370,320 design professionals were working in the US. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of design professionals has shrunk by 8%.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers. Over the next 7 years, this trend is expected to slow down.

National Salary percentiles for Design professionals

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90th percentile

In 2010, the median salary earned by design professionals around the nation, was $51,074 per year. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for design professionals in the US was 16% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Design

$46,852 $48,300 $49,320 $50,401 $51,074
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

There has been a 9% growth in design professionals' salaries from 2006 to 2010.

Educational Trends

National Design Student enrollment growth by degree

15,319 15,130 14,902 15,576 15,500
19,527 19,974 20,844 21,013 22,497
21 22 15 29 23
1,305 1,256 1,380 1,545 1,959
4,786 4,997 5,203 5,940 4,573
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Design
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Design
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Design
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Design
  • Grey: Certificate in Design

The career outlook for design professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the year 2006 there were 40,958 students who graduated from design degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 44,552 students graduating from design schools.

This represents a 9% change in 4 years. This growth in the number of students graduating from design courses is less than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Design Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering design programs has decreased. There were 754 design schools across the country in 2006. And there were 1563 schools in 2010.

Design Faculty Salaries

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