Career Information

​​​​​​Dallas College offers many different avenues for students interested in starting a career in creative arts, ​entertainment or design. ​If you want to show off your creativity, this could be the career path for you.


Regional Trends


More than 75% of jobs posted are in Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, Irving, and Richardson. Last year, there were more than 5,000 postings among the top 5 occupations.

Source: Burning Glass


74% of graduates in this area have an associate’s degree; however, top occup​ations tend to require a bachelor’s degree.

Source: Emsi 2020, Q1

Top Industries

  • Specialized Design Services
  • Computer Systems Design and Related Services
  • Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publi​shers​
  • Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services

Source: Emsi 2020, Q1


DFW Top Employers

  • Freedom Graphic Systems
  • DXC Technology Co.
  • Dallas Morning News
  • Raytheon
  • HKS

Source: Esri

$29.27Overall Median Compensation
5%Projected Growth in the Field

Source: Dallas College LMIC​


Top Occupation by Employment

Graphic Designers
  • 5,9472021 Employment
  • 2,073Job postings in the last 12 months
  • $15.37Entry Wage
  • $25.85​Median Wage
Interior Designers
  • 1,9102021 Employment
  • 680Job postings in the last 12 months
  • $16.68Entry Wage
  • $25.65Median Wage
  • 1,7932021 Employment
  • 1,195Job postings in the last 12 months
  • $26.25Entry Wage
  • $36.89Median Wage
Producers and Directors
  • 1,6552021 Employment
  • 676
    Job postings in the last 12 months
  • $20.03Entry Wage
  • $33.00Median Wage

  • 1,2942021 Employment
  • 667​Job postings in the last 12 months
  • $16.65Entry Wage
  • $25.32​Median Wage

Source​: Dallas College LMIC 


Top Skillsets


  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Writing/Editing
  • Project Management
  • Social Media
  • Budgeting


  • Creativity
  • Communication Skills
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Detail-Oriented

Source: Burning Glass


Risk of Automation

Overall Low Risk

Source: Burning Glass


Other Colleges Offering These Programs

  • University of North Texas
  • UT Arlington
  • Texas Christian University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Collin County Community College

Source: Emsi 2020, Q1

Top Programs

  • Journalism
  • Radio and Television
  • Drama and Dramatics
  • Design and Visual Communications

Source: Emsi 2020, Q1

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For more information, contact the Labor Market Intelligence Center staff:
Ben Magill, Executive Director, 214-378-1621
Tana Juko, Senior Research Analyst, 214-378-1841
Camille Gilchriest, GIS Analyst, 214-378-1743
Kena Nicol, GIS Coordinator​