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A List of Art Careers

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You don't necessarily need formal education to become a craft or fine artist because talent and creativity are the main requirements to succeed. However, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that many artists either take classes to hone their skills or earn a bachelor's or master's degree in fine arts to improve their chances of finding work. Numerous careers are available for those who create art or simply have an appreciation for or knowledge of it.

Produce Fine Arts

Painters, sculptors, potters, textile artists, illustrators and other fine and craft artists create works of art for sale to a variety of customers. Many work in dedicated studios set up in commercial buildings, warehouses or lofts, though some work out of their own homes. The BLS reports that craft and fine artists earned a median annual income of $44,380 as of 2012. The number of jobs is expected to increase 3 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is well below the 11% projected employment growth for all occupations.

Take Care of Art

Some art careers focus on displaying or restoring art rather than creating it. These careers include curators, who manage art museums; and conservators, who preserve, treat and keep records of works of art. The BLS reports that archivists, curators and museum workers earned a median annual income of $44, 410 in 2012. Employment in the field is expected to grow 11 percent from 2012 to 2022.

Create Commercial Art

Graphic artists use hand tools or computer software to create visual designs for advertisements, periodicals, brochures, websites and consumer packages. They might work for manufacturers, media companies, website developers or advertising firms. Job growth is expected to be about 7 percent from 2012 to 2022. In 2012, graphic artists earned a median income of $44,150, according to the BLS.


Linda Ray is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years reporting experience. She's covered business for newspapers and magazines, including the "Greenville News," "Success Magazine" and "American City Business Journals." Ray holds a journalism degree and teaches writing, career development and an FDIC course called "Money Smart."

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