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What Jobs Can You Get With an Art Major?

Becoming a fine artist is not the only profession available to art majors. Graduates with an art degree can also find numerous career opportunities in museums, advertising agencies, galleries, and schools. View article »

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  • 0:04 Jobs for Art Majors
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  • 1:39 Salary Information
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Jobs for Art Majors

Students interested in an art degree can find employment after graduation in a variety of positions in a number of different industries. Following are jobs, industries, required education and training, salary information, and job outlook statistics for art majors.

A major in art offers a wide array of vocational opportunities, including positions as art directors, graphic artists, fashion designers, photographers, commercial artists, teachers, illustrators, cartoonists, and sign painters. Professional settings can range from marketing and design firms, to newspapers and advertising agencies, to art galleries, schools, greeting card companies, and museums.

Required Education and Training

Jobs available for art majors depend on the type and level of education and training received. While some workers may need only certificates, others may need associate, bachelor's, or graduate degrees. For example, art majors interested in teaching elementary, middle, or high school usually need a bachelor's degree as well as a license or teaching certificate.

Art major students generally take courses in studio art, art history, drawing, illustration, and theory. Coursework varies depending upon the field and type of training. For example, students interested in digital media receive training in computer applications and techniques. A portfolio creation course is also included in several art majors.

Salary Information

The salary for a career in art depends on a number of factors, including job title and duties. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2016, the average salary for art directors was $101,170 per year; graphic designers earned $52,290 per year on average. Fine artists (including illustrators, painters, and sculptors) made an average annual salary of $57,410.

Employment Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment opportunities for art directors and craft and fine artists will grow by 2% from 2014 to 2024, whereas those working in multimedia art could experience a 6% growth in employment. Graphic designers working with computer systems design are predicted to see a large growth in employment; 21%, over the same period.

If you are artistic, you may want to consider pursuing a degree in art. Art students can parlay their education into a variety of positions in industry, museum, and school settings.


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