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Visual Communications Schools

As a professor or instructor of visual communications classes at one of the 1,097 accredited visual communications schools in the country, you play a critical role in shaping the future of this growing field. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in visual communications, which encompasses visual communications training at the following levels:

  • Visual Communications Certificate
  • Associates degree in Visual Communications
  • Bachelors degree in Visual Communications
  • Masters degree in Visual Communications
  • PhD degree in Visual Communications


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Visual communications professionals

259,880 269,350 282,590 273,390 270,000
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In the year 2010, there were 270,000 visual communications professionals working in the US. This number has grown by 4% over the course of the past 4 years.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers. This trend is expected to contine until the year 2018.

National Salary percentiles for Visual communications professionals

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In 2010, the median salary earned by visual communications professionals around the nation, was $44,955 per year. The median yearly salary for visual communications professionals in the US was 24% less than that for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Visual Communications

$40,845 $41,818 $43,415 $44,308 $44,955
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Visual communications professionals' salaries have grown by 10% between the years 2006 and 2010.

Educational Trends

National Visual Communications Student enrollment growth by degree

7,210 6,687 6,809 6,333 6,406
11,861 11,223 10,876 10,338 11,133
58 36 33 28 46
1,331 1,353 1,371 1,417 1,642
2,116 2,152 2,249 1,991 2,042
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Visual Communications
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Visual Communications
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Visual Communications
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Visual Communications
  • Grey: Certificate in Visual Communications

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for visual communications professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In the US, 22,576 students graduated from visual communications degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 21,269 students graduated from visual communications schools.

This represents a 6% change in 4 years. This decline in the number of students graduating from visual communications courses is less than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Visual Communications Programs offered Nationwide


While student graduation numbers are down, the number of schools offering visual communications programs has increased.

Visual Communications Faculty Salaries

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