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Artist—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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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 5,070 craft artists, 11,520 fine artists, 29,810 multimedia artists, and 210,710 graphic designers employed in the United States, and most artists are self-employed.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

None

Outlook

Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Artistic

Creative

Enterprising

Career Ladder
Well-Known Artist, or Art Teacher, or Art Critic

Working Artist

Aspiring Artist

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