Illustrators prepare drawings for advertisements, magazines, books, newspapers, packaging, Web sites, computer programs, and other formats. Medical illustrators, with special training in biology and the physical sciences, are able to draw accurate illustrations of parts of the human body, animals, and plants. Fashion illustrators specialize in distinctive illustrations of the latest women's and men's fashions. Approximately 11,980 fine artists, including illustrators, are employed in the United States. 

Quick Facts
Duties Use a variety of physical and digital media to create pictures to illustrate ideas and information for artistic, commercial, educational, or scientific purposes
Alternate Title(s) Fashion Illustrators, Medical Illustrators, Natural Science Illustrators
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Journalism
Experience Any prior experience creating illustrations or assisting established illustrators
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing/Design
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Hands On
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Owner, Illustration Studio or Art Director
  • Illustrator
  • Assistant Illustrator

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