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Step Two: Research Art Careers

Step Two: Research Art Careers

Valerie Atkisson | ArtBistro

You’ve declared yourself an artist and analyzed your strengths. Great! Now it’s time to find an art career of your dreams.

You don’t have to settle for an artistic career that pays pennies. It’s easier than ever to breakout of the stereotype and have a successful creative career. The life of an artist isn’t limited to posh galleries, lofts in New York, or overalls covered in paint. A major in Fine Art can take you places!

What you can do with an art major?

Start your research by checking out our list of eight artistic career paths that may be right for you!


Illustrators create pictures for books, magazines, and other publications as well as commercial products such as textiles, wrapping paper, stationery, greeting cards, and calendars. Increasingly, illustrators are working in digital format, preparing work directly on a computer. This can be a highly lucrative and highly satisfying career.

Medical and Scientific Illustrator

Medical and scientific illustrators combine drawing skills with knowledge of biology or other sciences. Medical illustrators draw illustrations of human anatomy and surgical procedures. Scientific illustrators draw illustrations of animal and plant life, atomic and molecular structures, and geologic and planetary formations. The illustrations are used in publications and in audiovisual presentations for teaching purposes. Medical illustrators also work for lawyers, producing exhibits for court cases.


Cartoonists draw political, advertising, social, and sports cartoons. Some cartoonists work with others who create the idea or story and write the captions. Most cartoonists have comic, critical, or dramatic talents in addition to drawing skills.

Sketch Artist

Sketch artists create likenesses of subjects with pencil, charcoal, or pastels. Sketches are used by law enforcement agencies to assist in identifying suspects, by the news media to depict courtroom scenes, and by individual patrons for their own enjoyment.


Sculptors design three-dimensional artworks, either by molding and joining materials such as clay, glass, wire, plastic, fabric, or metal or by cutting and carving forms from a block of plaster, wood, or stone. Some sculptors combine various materials to create mixed-media installations. Some incorporate light, sound, and motion into their works.

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