Cartoonist Bill Keane in His Studio

Cartoonists are artists who draw still pictures to amuse, entertain, educate, and persuade people. Cartoonists draw illustrations used in marketing and advertising, newspapers and magazines, comic books, graphic novels, greeting cards, video game packaging, and more.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Draw illustrations using pens, pencils, paints, markers, and computer software that translate ideas onto paper or digital images and text to communicate ideas to readers of publications or customers of businesses.
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Primarily in large metropolitan areas, but freelance cartoonists may work from any location, rural to urban
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Art History
  • English
Experience Any experience creating story ideas and illustrating them will be beneficial
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Hands On
  • Drawing/Design
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Syndicated Cartoonist
  • Freelance Cartoonist
  • Apprentice Cartoonist