Artist Jobs: The Visual Artist

Artists may create their works using a variety of mediums, and may display them in the visual arts arena, as well as in business or commercial settings.


The Visual Arts

The visual arts field includes domains such as painting, sculpture, photography, and more. The job of most artists is to use the visual arts to design and execute artwork that illustrates a subject matter, promotes the consumption of a product or service, or influences others in their opinions of an individual, topic, or organization.


Artists: Diverse Career Options

The job outlook for artists should be good as the visual arts can be easily incorporated into numerous professions. Artists often find employment in industries such as printing and publishing, advertising, animation, graphic design, Web design, photography, and more. For example, graphic design artists use their skills to evaluate, map, and devise visual answers to problems in communications. Multimedia artists are typically employed in the film or video industries. Art directors draw upon their knowledge of design concepts to present visually attractive materials in newspapers, magazines, and other publishing industries.


The earnings for artists vary greatly and depend upon the type of art and work they produce. For example, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, graphic designers earned an annual median wage of $42,400 in 2008. An artist working in advertising earned an annual median wage of $55,740 in 2008. Art directors commanded an annual median wage of $76,980 in that same year. For artists working in motion picture or video industries, median annual earnings were approximately $67,630 in 2008.


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