Art & Design

Employment of arts and design occupations is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations, adding about 33,700 new jobs. More workers will be needed to meet the growing 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. Other arts and design workers are employed in industries that are projected to decline, however, including publishing, manufacturing, and floral shops.

The median annual wage for arts and design occupations was $45,250 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.

OccupationEntry-Level Education2017 MEDIAN PAY
Art DirectorsBachelor's degree$92,500
Craft and Fine ArtistsSee How to Become One$49,160
Fashion DesignersBachelor's degree$67,420
Floral DesignersHigh school diploma or equivalent$26,350
Graphic DesignersBachelor's degree$48,700
Industrial DesignersBachelor's degree$65,970
Interior DesignersBachelor's degree$51,500
Multimedia Artists and AnimatorsBachelor's degree$70,530
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Arts and Design Occupations, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/home.htm