• Art as a Career

    Did you know?

    • 1.25 million Americans work in the visual arts.
    • One in 111 jobs is in art and design.
    • The economic impact of art and design exceeds that of sports worldwide.
    • The creative industries are an estimated $30 billion export annually.
    • Jobs in design have increased 43% in the past ten years.
    • Yearly sales of art reach an estimated $10 billion in the United States alone.
    • There are over 532,000 designers working in the U.S.
    • More people are employed in the visual arts than in all of the performing arts and sports industries combined.
    • 200,000 people are employed in the film industry.
    • People spend approximately $55 billion annually on video games.
    • The computer animation industry generates $33 billion annually.
    • Jobs and employment in many creative industries are growing faster than the labor force as a whole and make up 30% of the work force by some estimates.
    • America’s nonprofit arts industry generates $134 billion in economic activity every year.
    • By 2016, jobs for artists and designers are predicted to increase by 42%.
    • Arts-related businesses in the country's largest cities represent 4.3% of all businesses and 2.2% of all jobs in the United States.
    • There are 3 million people working for over 600,000 arts-centric businesses in the United States.
    • Employment growth by arts-centric businesses since 2007 was 12%, more than four times the rise in the total number of U.S. employees.
    • Designers are the single largest group of artists, followed by performing artists such as actors, dancers, musicians, and announcers.
    • Employment of interior designers is expected to grow 19% from 2006 to 2016.
    • Median salaries of: Creative Directors–$90,000, Art Directors–$86,505, Fine Artists–$48,870, Multi-media Artists and Animators–$61,555, Graphic Designers–$46,925, Set and Exhibit Designers–$49,330, Producers and Directors–$86,790, Broadcast Technicians–$40,270, Photographers–$36,090, and Film and Video Editors–$66,715.
    • Wage and salary employment in the motion picture and video industries is projected to grow 11% by 2016.
    • Animators, film and video editors, and others skilled in digital filming and computer-generated imaging have the best job prospects in future of the motion picture and video industries.
    • There are about 94,000 computer artists and animators working in the United States.
    • Jobs for photographers have increased 38% in the past four years.

    Sources: Americans for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Entertainment Software Association