I’m going to art school and I have’nt decided wether to major in printmaking or graphic design. Printmaking is what I really want to do, but I worry that once Ii get out of school I wont be able to find a good job. ShareClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to email a link to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Graphic design will offer you more flexibility. You could work in print, online, advertising, etc. You will have the opportunity to work for small studios or large corporate companies depending on your interest. In a small studio you maybe able to focus on a smaller more creative artistic project. Or if your passion is corporate identity, branding or environmental graphics a larger studio or corporate job may be a good fit. And as graphic designer, you could always contract out your services, which can often be fairly lucrative.
Printmaking could be a skill you learn as a graphic designer. And you could always do that on the side and build that business.
You need to be passionate about what you do however. See if you can try a entry level graphic design and printmaking class to see how passionate you are about each.
Graphic design is a much better major. Then you can work in advertising or similar areas.
You can work for a newspaper or magazine. Or you can work for a printing shop. I would take courses towards a well rounded journalistic/graphic design/printing career, then you should have plenty of opportunities to find work you will enjoy.