Earnings Potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fine artists including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, make an average of $38,060 annually, while medical illustrators make an average of $59,000 annually. The median salaries for multimedia and animators are $50,360, whereas craft artists make an average of $23,520 as a starting salary. Salaried art directors can earn an average of $63,000 and the highest 10 percent can earn around $123,320 a year.

Facts at a glance

  • There is intense competition in the field of art and because there are more workers than actual available work, positions are very limited.
  • Most artists achieve and perfect their skills and knowledge in a bachelor degree program at a college where they are taking art or design course.
  • Some artists are self-employed and do freelance work for clients and like any other occupation where you do freelance work you have to achieve a good reputation and have a good source of contacts.   
  • Artists use an assortment of materials and methods to communicate ideas, feelings, and moods.

Summary of what this career entails

Art has been around for centuries and I don’t think that is going to go anywhere anytime soon. Artists commonly fall under four categories which include: art directors, craft artists, fine artists, and multimedia artists.

Examples and or details of work

Art directors have many responsibilities; they oversee the layout design and production of printed material. They also decide what photograph or artwork to use and may engage in copywriting. Craft artist’s hand-make all sort of objects from different materials such as, glass, wood, metal, and ceramic. They also make art out if pottery, quilts, tapestries, candles, lace, and other things that inspires them. Fine artists include painters, illustrators, cartoonists, and sketch artists and their work can sometimes be found in galleries, museums, and private homes. Multimedia artists and animators usually work for advertising, motion picture and videos. They draw by hands and use new technology to help them create pictures and images.

Degrees that lead to this career

Some of the degrees you can obtain include:

  • A.A. in Art
  • B.A. in Art-Graphic Design
  • B.A. in Art
  • B.A. in Art History
  • B.A. in Art Education
  • M.A. in Art Education

Specific Career openings in this field

There are many job opportunities for people that are looking for a career in art, for example, you can work as painter, animator, sculptor, illustrator,


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Artists and Related Workers, on the Internet at