Artistic Jobs that Are In-Demand

Aug 02, 2021

Career Options for Artistic Jobs that are In-Demand

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that for all occupations there will be an average of 4% job growth from 2019 to 2029. Many art and design professions, however, will only experience an average increase of 2%, while some other occupations that rely on artistic skills are enjoying much higher rates of job growth.

Job Title Median Salary (2020)* Job Outlook (2019-2029)*
Set and Exhibit Designers** $58,180 1% to 2%
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance** $106,920 8% or higher
Art Therapists** $57,130 8% or higher
Graphic Designers $53,380 -4%
Multimedia Artists and Animators $77,700 4%
Postsecondary Art Teacher $69,690 6%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; **O*Net Online

Career Information for Artistic Jobs that are In-Demand

Set and Exhibit Designers

Set and exhibit designers typically have at least a bachelor's degree prior to starting their careers. They are responsible for making the design plans for sets that are used in artistic productions, such as films or plays. This is an artistic career that's projected to experience much faster than average growth through 2029, according to the BLS.

Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance

The BLS forecasts that makeup artists will see a job growth rate of 7% to 10% through 2028, which is faster than average. They use their artistic skills to prepare actors for their roles by applying things like foundation, blush or other types of makeup. They collaborate with people involved in the production to ensure they present the right look for the actor, and they have to set and maintain a budget. It's possible to begin this career with a high school diploma, although many makeup artists do opt to complete a postsecondary certificate.

Art Therapists

Art therapists use art as a form of therapy while treating people with personal or mental health issues. They write treatment plans and conduct therapy sessions for individuals or groups. The BLS anticipates faster than average job growth for this career. With a master's degree, those with artistic talent can apply their skills in this healthcare profession.

Graphic Designers

Although graphic designers, overall, aren't experiencing a high job growth rate, those who focus on computer systems design work are expected to decrease by 4% from 2019 to 2029. Graphic designers should have a bachelor's degree in graphic design or a comparable subject. Demonstrating artistic ability is key, and they must also be able to use computer design software to do things such as creating website layouts that appeal to users.

Multimedia Artists and Animators

When a movie features an animated character, it's presenting the work of a multimedia artist or animator. These professionals use their artistic talents to draw and illustrate backgrounds or characters by hand or on computer. They may also sculpt or build a model that will be used for their work. They are required to have a bachelor's degree in a subject such as computer graphics, and the BLS projects they'll see average growth through 2029.

Postsecondary Art Teacher

Postsecondary art teachers are expected to enjoy a 6% rate of job growth from 2019 to 2029. They can take advantage of their artistic talents while demonstrating techniques to their art students in colleges and universities. They can also take advantage of their artistic knowledge when they assess the work that students produce. A doctoral degree is usually required to teach at the postsecondary level, although there may be entry-level opportunities for teachers with a master's degree.

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