Visual artists convey thoughts, opinions, and ideas through their work, whether it is a realistic painting, a piece of pottery, or an abstract sculpture. They use one or more media, such as clay, paint, metal, or computer technology, to create two- or three-dimensional works. The field of visual arts is usually separated into three categories: commercial art, fine art, and craft. There are approximately 4,750 craft artists, 11,980 fine artists, 30,790 multimedia artists, and 194,360 graphic designers employed in the United States, and most artists are self-employed.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Art Directors, Artisans, Ceramic Artists, Ceramists, Clay Artists, Commercial Artists, Craft Workers, Fiber Artists, Glass Artists, Glassblowers, Graphic Designers, Illustrators, Mixed-Media Artists, Multimedia Artists, Painters, Photographers, Potters, Printmakers, Sculptors, Stained Etchers
Duties Use their creative talents to produce original works of art
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Business
Experience Experience as an artist's assistant helpful
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Enterprising
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Well-Known Artist, or Art Teacher, or Art Critic
  • Working Artist
  • Aspiring Artist

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