Career Details

Artist

Career Overview

An artist may create any type of art. Lou, the artist featured in the video, primarily creates sculptures.

Education

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

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Future Outlook

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

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Work Environment

About half of the artists out there work for themselves, including Lou. Others may work for companies who make products for museums, video production companies, or advertising firms.

Schools
References

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

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