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Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Job Information

Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.


  • About 60 percent of artists and related workers are self-employed.
  • Keen competition is expected for both salaried jobs and freelance work 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.


Personality I'm creative
Salary $44,600/yr ($22.30/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma