Careers for Artists in Today's Workforce

Those who are artistic may often believe it's difficult to profit from their passion. Still, just because a person works his right brain more than his left doesn't mean he can't earn as much money as his peers. Thanks to the many different types of artistic degrees out there, using these skills and enjoying the fruits of your labor often go hand in hand.


Digital Design

For instance, careers in digital design and animation have significantly increased throughout the past few years. Jobs in multimedia are expected to rise by 11,200 positions between 2008 and 2018 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Experts believe that these increases are in part due to the continued success of 3D animated and live action films (US News and World Report).

The mean annual salary for those within the multimedia umbrella was $63,440 in 2010 and those in the top 10 percent within these fields make an average of over $99,000 annually (Bureau of Labor Statistics). These numbers show that anyone can have a successful career while still staying true to his creativity. Many colleges offer graphic design degrees, web design programs, and even game design degrees that can put anyone on the fast-track to using his talent towards an exciting and promising career.


Another industry where you can let your creative juices flow is in marketing and advertising. Graduates in Marketing degree programs canwork in art direction, public relations, marketing promotions, and advertising; all fields where creativity is crucial.

Overall employment of advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers is expected to increase by 13 percent through 2018 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, marketing and advertising professional's compensation is favorable. In fact, the median annual wages in May 2008 were $80,220 for advertising and promotions managers, $108,580 for marketing managers, $97,260 for sales managers, and $89,430 for public relations managers.

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