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Stable Art Careers

Traditional art careers, such as a painter or sculptor, generally do not generate thoughts of great job stability. However, we explore a few art careers that are expected to be more stable than others.

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Stable Art Career Options

Although it is never a guarantee, a good indicator of whether a career will be stable or not is the expected job growth. If a career is expected to grow, it is likely that one would be able to find and keep a position in the field. Many art careers fluctuate in demand, but we look at a few of the art careers that are expected to be more stable in the next decade.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Multimedia Artists and Animators $65,300 6%
Interior Designers $49,810 4%
Fashion Designers $65,170 3%
Art Directors $89,820 2%
Commercial and Industrial Designers $67,790 2%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

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Career Information for Stable Art Careers

Multimedia Artists and Animators

Multimedia artists and animators are very versatile in the applications of their artwork, which may contribute to their job stability. This field has one of the higher expected job growth percentages for 2014-2024, according to the BLS. These artists and animators create a wide variety of visual effects and animations for different forms of media, like television, video games and movies. They may work with 2-D or 3-D modeling, graphics, animations and more. They work with clients and other creative staff members to develop a timeline and storyboard. They may edit and adjust their artwork according to the desires of directors and clients. Typically multimedia artists and animators need a bachelor's degree and professional portfolio.

Interior Designers

Although an expected growth rate of 4% is considered slower than the national average, with changing styles, the rise of new buildings and other contributing factors, the need for interior designers is still present. These designers put their artistic abilities to use by sketching designs of different interior spaces to meet the specifications and desires of their clients. They may select furnishings, lighting, flooring and more to create a specific style and look, all while staying within their provided timeline and budget. Interior designers will also ensure that their client is satisfied with the finished project. These professionals need a bachelor's degree in the field.

Fashion Designers

Fashion designers design and create all kinds of clothing and accessories. They may sketch their designs or use computer programs, and then begin making their product by selecting the materials and fabrics they wish to incorporate. Fashion designers may work for themselves and sell directly to the consumer, or work for larger organizations and design entire collections. As people always need clothing, and many desire to stay up-to-date on current fashion trends, fashion designers, especially once established, should find the career relatively stable. They usually hold a bachelor's degree, and have a good understanding of the entire production process of clothing.

Art Directors

A career as an art director is also relatively stable, as these professionals can find work in an array of media, including movie and television productions, newspapers, magazines, advertisements and more. They use their creative thinking and artistic style to create a specific and desired visual style for projects. This involves approving artwork, graphics, designs and more, as they coordinate and approve the actions of various artistic and creative departments. They work closely with directors and clients to determine the best way to represent ideas and concepts visually. Art directors usually have some experience working in an artistic field, and have at least a bachelor's degree.

Industrial Designers

Industrial designers are needed to combine art, business and engineering to develop designs for a wide variety of products. Therefore, their jobs are generally stable as they create designs for new and better cars, toys, appliances and more. They may use a computer or sketch their designs, make a prototype or model of their design and then help choose materials and production methods that minimize costs. They also help evaluate the safety of their products, ensure the product is functional and that it is visually appealing to consumers. Most industrial designers enter the field with a bachelor's degree, as well as a portfolio of their designs.

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