What to Expect from a Career in the Arts
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Artists and Related Workers
Use this report to find out what to expect from a career in the arts.
- Nature of the Work
- Working Conditions
- Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement
- Job Outlook
- Related Occupations
- Sources of Additional Information
SURVIVAL: How Do Artists Make Money?
About 63 percent of artists and related workers are self-employed.
Keen competition is expected for both salaried jobs and freelance work; the number of qualified workers exceeds the number of available openings because the arts attract many talented people with creative ability.
Artists usually develop their skills through a bachelor’s degree program or other postsecondary training in art or design.
Earnings for self-employed artists vary widely; some well-established artists earn more than salaried artists, while others find it difficult to rely solely on income earned from selling art.
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