Employment in arts and design occupations is projected to decline 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, losing about 32,900 jobs. Workers will still be needed to meet the demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, television, and on smartphones, as well as to help create visually appealing and effective layouts of websites and other media platforms. However, arts and design workers also are employed in industries that are projected to decline, including publishing, manufacturing, and floral shops.
The median annual wage for arts and design occupations was $49,600 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.
BLS provides summary data, including employment projections, for arts and design occupations not shown in the table on this page. That information is available on the Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail page.
|OCCUPATION||JOB SUMMARY||ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION||2020 MEDIAN PAY|
Art directors are responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions.
|Craft and Fine Artists||
Craft and fine artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition.
|See How to Become One||$49,120|
Fashion designers create clothing, accessories, and footwear.
Floral designers arrange live, dried, and silk flowers and greenery to make decorative displays.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$29,140|
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers.
Industrial designers combine art, business, and engineering to develop the concepts for manufactured products.
Interior designers make indoor spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting essential and decorative items.
|Special Effects Artists and Animators||
Special effects artists and animators create images that appear to move and visual effects for various forms of media and entertainment.
The wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median wage data are from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey.
Typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation.
Last Modified Date: Friday, May 14, 2021