Careers in Art

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Careers in Visual Arts

Careers in Visual Arts create art to communicate ideas, thoughts or feelings. They use a variety of methods such as painting, sculpting or illustrating to accomplish that.

Art Directors

formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.
Salary: $104590
Degree: Bachelor's degree


Fashion Designers

design clothing and accessories. Create original designs or adapt fashion trends.
Salary: $87610
Degree: Associate's degree


Art, Drama and Music Professors

teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Salary: $82560
Degree: Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Multimedia Artists and Animators

create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Salary: $78230
Degree: Bachelor's degree



Commercial and Industrial Designers

develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Salary: $71430
Degree: Bachelor's degree


Set and Exhibit Designers

design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Salary: $61020
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


Fine Artists and Painters

create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Salary: $58370
Degree: Associate's degree


Graphic Designers

design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Salary: $54680
Degree: Bachelor's degree



Photographers

photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.
Salary: $42770
Degree: No degree required
High job satisfaction


Craft Artists

create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Salary: $40490
Degree: Bachelor's degree


Floral Designers

design, cut, and arrange live, dried, or artificial flowers and foliage.
Salary: $28900
Degree: No degree required



Careers in Performing Arts

Careers in Performing Arts include careers in theatrical and musical performances. Theatrical production companies coordinate all aspects of producing a play or theater event. Agents represent actors and assist them in finding jobs. Costume design management companies design costumes. Lighting and stage crews handle the technical aspects of productions. Dance studios provide places for dancers to practice.

Celebrity Agents

represent and promote artists, performers, and athletes in dealings with current or prospective employers. May handle contract negotiation and other business matters for clients.
Salary: $90930
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Technical Directors and Managers

coordinate activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, engineering, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.
Salary: $89840
Degree: Bachelor's degree


Program Directors

direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news.
Salary: $89840
Degree: Bachelor's degree


Producers

plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, stage, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.
Salary: $89840
Degree: Bachelor's degree



Talent Directors

audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, radio, or motion picture productions.
Salary: $89840
Degree: Bachelor's degree


TV Directors

interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, television, or radio programs.
Salary: $89840
Degree: Bachelor's degree


Art, Drama and Music Professors

teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Salary: $82560
Degree: Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

create original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry or song lyrics, for publication or performance.
Salary: $73090
Degree: Bachelor's degree



Theatrical Makeup Artists

apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.
Salary: $72030
Degree: Post-secondary certificate
High job satisfaction


Set and Exhibit Designers

design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Salary: $61020
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


Music Composers and Arrangers

write and transcribe musical scores.
Salary: $59790
Degree: Associate's degree
High job satisfaction


Music Directors

direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.
Salary: $59790
Degree: Doctoral degree
High job satisfaction



Choreographers

create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.
Salary: $53560
Degree: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth


Costume Attendants

select, fit, and take care of costumes for cast members, and aid entertainers. May assist with multiple costume changes during performances.
Salary: $46010
Degree: No degree required


Public Address Announcers

make announcements over public address system at sporting or other public events. May act as master of ceremonies or disc jockey at weddings, parties, clubs, or other gathering places.
Salary: $39040
Degree: No degree required


Instrumental Musicians

play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.
Salary: $
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction



Actors

play parts in stage, television, radio, video, motion picture productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.
Salary: $
Degree: No degree required
High job satisfaction


Dancers

perform dances. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for video recording.
Salary: $
Degree: No degree required


Singers

sing songs on stage, radio, television, or motion pictures.
Salary: $
Degree: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction




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