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Employers of Art & Fine Arts majors in the U.S.

Art directors are responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions. They create the overall design of a project and direct others who develop artwork and layouts. About 15 percent of art directors worked for advertising and public relations firms in 2012. Others worked for newspaper and magazine publishers, specialized design services firms, and motion picture and video industries. Art directors need at least a bachelor’s degree in an art or design subject and previous work experience. Depending on the industry, they may have worked as graphic designers, illustrators, copy editors, or photographers, or in another art or design occupation before becoming art directors. The median annual wage for art directors was $80,880 in May 2012. Employment of art directors is projected to grow 3 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Art directors will continue to be needed to oversee the work of graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, and others who design artwork and layouts.

Art Directors

Art directors are responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions. They create the overall design of a project and direct others who develop artwork and layouts. They formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design. About 3 in 5 art directors were self-employed in 2016. Others worked for advertising and public relations firms, newspaper and magazine publishers, motion picture and video industries, and specialized design services firms. Art directors need at least a bachelor’s degree in an art or design subject and previous work experience. Depending on the industry, art directors may have previously worked as graphic designers, illustrators, copy editors, or photographers, or in another art or design occupation. The median annual wage for art directors was $92,500 in May 2017. Employment of art directors is projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Art directors will continue to be needed to oversee the work of graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, and others who design artwork and layouts.

Craft and Fine Artists

Craft and fine artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. Craft artists create handmade objects, such as pottery, glassware, textiles, and other objects that are designed to be functional. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, create original works of art for their aesthetic value, rather than for a functional one. Many artists work in fine-art studios or commercial art studios located in office buildings, warehouses, or lofts. Others work in private studios in their homes. Some artists share studio space, where they also may exhibit their work. Craft and fine artists improve their skills through practice and repetition. Most fine artists earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in fine arts in order to improve their skills and job prospects. The median annual wage for craft and fine artists was $49,160 in May 2017. Overall employment of craft and fine artists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth for artists depends in large part on the overall state of the economy and whether people are willing to spend money on art, because people usually make art purchases when they can afford to spend the money.

Archivists, Curators, and Museum Workers
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Archivists appraise, process, catalog, and preserve permanent records and historically valuable documents. Curators oversee collections of artwork and historic items, and may conduct public service activities for an institution. Museum technicians and conservators prepare and restore objects and documents in museum collections and exhibits. They administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution. Archivists, curators, museum technicians, and conservators work in museums, historical sites, governments, colleges and universities, corporations, and other institutions. Most work full time. Archivist, curator, and conservator positions typically require a master’s degree related to the position’s field. Museum technicians typically have a bachelor’s degree. Prior experience gained through an internship or by volunteering in archives or museums is helpful in getting a position as an archivist, curator, museum technician, or conservator. The median annual wage for archivists, curators, and museum workers was $47,360 in May 2017. Overall employment of archivists, curators, museum technicians, and conservators is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The need to store information in archives and public interest in science, art, and history, may continue to spur demand for archivists, curators, museum technicians, and conservators. Applicants should expect very strong competition for jobs.

Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques. The median annual wage for fine artists was $49,520 in May 2017.

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research. The median annual wage for postsecondary art, drama and music teachers was $66,930 in May 2017.

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Company City State
Syracuse University
College of Art & Sciences
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
County of Los Angeles
Gateway
National Gallery of Art
The Savannah College of Art and Design Inc
Foundation School
Otis College of Art and Design
The Spark Agency Inc
Switch
Denver Art Museum
The Maryland Institute
Maryland Institute College Art
Museum Associates
LA COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
Philadelphia Museum of Art Inc
Friends of The Rodin Museum
Phil Museum of Art
Art Center College of Design Inc
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Sfmoma Museum Store
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute
Marketing Services Group Inc.
Jockey International, Inc.
Jockey USA
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Glassell School of Art
The Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The Art Institute of Chicago
Columbus College of Art & Design
CCAD
DC Art Institute of Dallas, LLC
Art Institute of Dallas, The
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Savannah College of Art and Design Inc
Savannah College Art & Design
The Savannah College of Art and Design Inc
Grenada Stamping and Assembly, Inc.
Michigan City of Detroit
Detroit Institute of Arts
DC Art Institute of Washington, LLC
Art Institute of Wash Inc
Art St Louis Museum Foundation
Museum Shop, The
Ringling College of Art and Design, Inc.
Rocky Mountain School of Art, Inc.
Rocky Mtn College Art Design
Three Rivers Park District
The University of Chicago
Smart Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Smithsonian Institution
Freer Gallery of Art
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Inc.
Crystal Bridges-Museum of American Art
Kansas City Art Institute
Marion Cultural Alliance, Inc
Toledo Museum of Art
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online
Louisiana State University
Lsu School of Art
Continental Graphics Corporation
Continental Data Graphics
Peter Lik Corporation
University of Illinois
School of Art and Design
The Savannah College of Art and Design Inc
The Savannah College of Art and Design Inc
International Studies Center
Florida Department of State
Ringling John Mable Museum Art
Caps Visual Communications, LLC
Caps Group, The
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