Bureau of Labor Statistics

Arts and Design Occupations

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 $48,130 in May 2019, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $39,810.

  Occupation Job Summary Entry-Level Education 2019 MEDIAN PAY
Art directors

Art Directors

Art directors are responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions.

Bachelor's degree $94,220
Craft and fine artists

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 $48,760
Fashion designers

Fashion Designers

Fashion designers create clothing, accessories, and footwear.

Bachelor's degree $73,790
Floral designers

Floral Designers

Floral designers arrange live, dried, and silk flowers and greenery to make decorative displays.

High school diploma or equivalent $28,040
Graphic designers

Graphic Designers

Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers.

Bachelor's degree $52,110
Industrial designers

Industrial Designers

Industrial designers combine art, business, and engineering to develop the concepts for manufactured products.

Bachelor's degree $68,890
Interior designers

Interior Designers

Interior designers make indoor spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting essential and decorative items.

Bachelor's degree $56,040
Multimedia artists and animators

Multimedia Artists and Animators

Multimedia artists and animators create images that appear to move and visual effects for various forms of media and entertainment.

Bachelor's degree $75,270
Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Arts and Design Occupations,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/home.htm (visited January 27, 2021).

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