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Artist and Related Workers
Artists create art to communicate ideas, thoughts, or feelings.
The Job
Artists generally fall into one of four categories. Art directors formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications. Craft artists create or reproduce handmade objects for sale or exhibition. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, create original artwork, using a variety of media and techniques.
Work Environment
Many artists work in fine art or commercial art studios located in office buildings, warehouses, or lofts. Others work in private studios in their homes.
College Majors
A bachelor's or master's degree in fine arts.
Minimum Qualifications
Artists usually develop their skills through a bachelor's degree program or other postsecondary training in art or design.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Assembling a successful portfolio requires skills usually developed through post secondary training in art or visual communications.
Quick Facts
  • About 62 percent of artists and related workers are self-employed.
  • Keen competition is expected for both salaried jobs and freelance work because the arts attract many talented people with creative ability.
  • Artists usually develop their skills through a bachelor's degree program or other postsecondary training in art or design.
  • Earnings for self-employed artists vary widely; some well-established artists earn more than salaried artists, while others find it difficult to rely solely on income earned from selling art.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of salaried art directors were $76,980 in May 2008. Median annual wages were $80,170 in advertising, public relations and related services. Median annual wages of salaried craft artists were $29,080. Median annual wages of salaried multimedia artists and animators were $56,330. Median annual wages of salaried fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, were $42,650.
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Carter J. Gaston
2/9/2010 1:31:51 PM
I"m interested in Comic design, game design, and teaching portraits work and so on!
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