There are currently an estimated 90,300 art directors in the United States. The art director job market is expected to grow by 5.4% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are art directors?

CareerExplorer rates art directors with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 7,800 art directors. That number is based on 4,900 additional art directors, and the retirement of 2,900 existing art directors.

Are art directors in demand?

The demand and number of available jobs for art directors with traditional newspapers and magazines is declining. However, other media forms such as electronic magazines and internet-based publications are creating new opportunities. In addition, advertising, design, and public relations firms; and movie production and broadcasting companies are expected to seek out art directors who bring creative vision and leadership, as well as time and budget management abilities to their projects. Candidates with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and training in multimedia and digital infographics will significantly increase their prospects. Still, if they are just entering the industry, especially during periods of sluggish growth, they will likely need to work as graphic designers or editors or in another art or design occupation before becoming art directors. These career steps lead to the development of a portfolio, which is essential to demonstrate one’s conceptual and visual design abilities to prospective employers or freelance clients. Those who complete a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree will, of course, expand their employability in more senior roles.

What’s the supply of art directors?

The art director industry is concentrated in New York, California, Illinois

Art Director job market by state

State Name Employed Art Directors
New York 7,970
California 6,920
Illinois 2,300
Texas 1,890
Massachusetts 1,410
Florida 1,280
Michigan 1,240
Oregon 1,100
Ohio 1,080
Pennsylvania 990
Minnesota 850
Missouri 840
New Jersey 810
District of Columbia 720
Washington 660
Colorado 660
Georgia 620
Connecticut 590
Virginia 520
Wisconsin 510
Arizona 470
Utah 430
Maryland 380
North Carolina 350
Tennessee 330
Kansas 330
Indiana 310
Iowa 230
Alabama 220
Nebraska 200
Nevada 190
Maine 180
Kentucky 160
Louisiana 160
South Carolina 160
Puerto Rico 150
Oklahoma 120
Arkansas 110
Rhode Island 100
New Hampshire 100
New Mexico 90
Hawaii 80
Idaho 70
Vermont 70
Mississippi 60
Alaska 60
Delaware 50
North Dakota 40
West Virginia 40