People with an artistic streak find fulfillment using their creative skills. Whether painting, drawing, sculpting, or creating computer-generated images for corporate organizations, your creativity can be expressed in a multitude of ways. You could even create backdrops for movie sets, television productions or museum galleries. There are several careers that allow artists to indulge their passion.
Craft and Fine Artists
Craft and fine artists create visually appealing, and oftentimes thought-provoking, works of art. Craft artists create more functional objects, such as glassware, pottery and textiles. Fine artists, on the other hand, tend to create aesthetic pieces that have little to no functioning capabilities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), craft and fine artists don’t usually need a formal education. However, many still earn a bachelor’s or even a master’s degree in fine art. As of May 2012, the mean annual salary for craft artists was $35,240. For fine artists, the mean annual salary was $54,000.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Multimedia artists and animators create two- and three-dimensional visual effects and animation for video games, movies, television shows and other media. Some of these professionals use computer software or write their own computer code. Other multimedia artists and animators draw or paint by hand, then transfer their creations into computer programs. Although it’s usually not required, the BLS reports that many of these professionals have a bachelor’s degree in fine art, computer science or a related field. Multimedia artists and animations could expect a mean annual salary of $69,560.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Set and exhibit designers create art on the stage. Live theatrical performance set designers help to produce stage sets for ballet, theatre, opera and other types of live performances. Television or movie set designers create sets either on location or on a production set. Television studio set designers make sets for news and sports programs, talk shows and other in-studio programs. Exhibit designers construct designs to display art or artifacts at museums. The BLS reports that set and exhibit designers usually need a bachelor’s degree in scenic design, set design or theater. These artists earned a mean annual salary of $54,310 in May 2012.
Whether using computer graphics and design programs or creating sketches by hand, graphic designers develop layouts and designs for a number of items, such as brochures, mailers, advertisements, magazines and corporate reports. They select and create design elements such as colors, images, and layout. Graphic designers also select the type, size and font of text, and create logos and other branding elements. The BLS reports that graphic designers usually need a bachelor’s degree in computer design or a related field. As of May 2012, these professionals earned an annual mean salary of $48,730.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Craft and Fine Artists
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Multimedia Artists and Animators
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Set and Exhibit Designers
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Graphic Designers
Terri Williams began writing professionally in 1997, working with a large nonprofit organization. Her articles have appeared in various online publications including Yahoo, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report University Directory, and the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago. Williams has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.