Students who major in the arts (theater, studio art, graphic design, industrial design, etc.) certainly know how to follow their muse, but what jobs can they get with a bachelor's degree in art after college is over? This list of common jobs for art majors shows that an art degree can lead you to a profitable career path. If you can leverage your art degree to make it to the executive table, you can earn a pretty penny.
The Art Career Project wants you to be successful. Explore hundreds of art careers and learn more about what it takes to make a living doing what you love.
Many school administrators and politicians don't believe that a degree in the arts will get you a decent career or prepare you to be a better citizen. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are art careers in special effects, illustration, web design, art direction, museum direction, graphic design, architecture, fashion, and more. Because of their belief, arts programs are being cut across the country. This section is an attempt to help make administrators and politicians aware of the importance of the arts in the work force and to inform students of a few of their career opportunities. You can also find a list of open art positions and links where you can do additional searches and to resources that will help you find your next job.
Create and Connect
If you think creativity is only for artists, think again. People use creativity every day in all kinds of ways, whether to tell a story about that time your car broke down or to develop a mobile app.
For some people, creativity is an essential part of their work. “To be creative is the most exciting thing you can do,” says Chris Triola, owner of a textile design studio in Lansing, Michigan. “It’s as necessary to me as eating and breathing.”
But making creativity your job typically requires practice, risktaking, and trial and error. For workers who do it on their own, it also means learning how to market themselves and run a business.
This article covers selected careers in which creativity is key. It discusses the creative process, highlights selected occupations that require creativity, and offers employment and wage data for these occupations. The article also explains some of the rewards and challenges of creative work, describes how to get started in a creative career, and lists resources for more information.