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.

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

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