Fine Artist (Painter, Sculptor)

Career Overview

Fine art is a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic and intellectual purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness. This can include paintings, sculptures, drawings, or any other type of art. Make sure to use the search box to find Lou's video!


Although a college degree isn't necessary to do this work, it will likely lead to more success. A four-year bachelor’s degree in fine arts or a related field will likely be very helpful. A master’s degree in a similar field, which would likely take about two-three additional years to earn, would be even more helpful.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$21,000 /yr
$48,000 /yr
$99,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Art
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Graphic Arts
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Videography
Work Environment

About half of the artists are self-employed. Others may work for companies who make products for museums, video production companies, or advertising firms.

Future Outlook

There will be a lot of competition within this industry. An artist who also has good marketing skills will likely be more successful.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
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