Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Fine arts

Fine arts field of degree. Employment: 2,603,630. Median annual wage: $40,000.

Fine arts field of degree. Employment: 2,603,630. Median annual wage: $40,000

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Table 1. Fine arts degree, 2018

Data

Fine arts

All fields

Employment

2,603,630 55,381,020

Median wage

$40,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

23 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

49 59

Percent with an advanced degree

26 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of fine arts majors, 2018

Fine arts majors

Major share

Commercial art and graphic design

25%

Fine arts

24

Music

17

Drama and theater arts

11

Film video and photographic arts

8

Other

15

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a fine arts degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

20%

Educational instruction and library occupations

15

Management occupations

12

Office and administrative support occupations

9

Sales and related occupations

9

Other

34

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Table 2.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a fine arts degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

21% Doctoral or professional degree 4% 74%

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 5 50

Substitute teachers, short-term

3 Bachelor's degree 3 22

Set and exhibit designers

1 Bachelor's degree 3 16

Retail salespersons

-1 No formal educational credential 2 4

Customer service representatives

-2 High school diploma or equivalent 2 4

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 4 21

Art directors

-2 Bachelor's degree 3 14

Graphic designers

-4 Bachelor's degree 5 8

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

-5 High school diploma or equivalent 2 5

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Fine arts,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/fine-arts/fine-arts-field-of-degree.htm (visited July 22, 2021).

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