Career Attributes

  • $29,372
  • 12,500
  • 4.1
  • 4.8%
  • Certificate or Associate's degree
  • Fine Arts
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Overview

Most craft artists have at least a high school diploma. High school classes, such as those in art, shop, or home economics, can teach prospective artists some of the basic skills they will need, such as drawing, woodworking, or sewing. Many artists pursue postsecondary education, and take classes that improve their skills and job prospects. It is difficult to gain adequate artistic skills without some formal education in the fine arts.

Independent schools of art and design also offer postsecondary training, which can lead to a certificate in an art-related specialty or to an associate’s, bachelor's, or master’s degree in fine arts. Education gives artists an opportunity to develop a portfolio—a collection of an artist’s work that demonstrates his or her styles and abilities. Portfolios are essential because art directors, clients, and others look at an artist’s portfolio when deciding whether to hire the individual or buy his or her work.

Craft artists improve their skills through practice and repetition. They can train in several ways other than, or in addition to, attending formal schooling. Some craft artists learn on the job from more experienced artists. Others attend non-credit classes or workshops or take private lessons, which may be offered in artists’ studios or at community colleges, art centres, galleries, museums, or other art-related institutions.

What are Craft Artists like?

Artistic

Based on our pool of users, Craft Artists tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Craft Artists by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 1556 CareerExplorer users

Are Craft Artists happy?

93rdpercentile

Craft Artists rank among the happiest careers. Overall they rank in the 93rd percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Craft Artist Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Craft Artists

The most common degree held by Craft Artists is Fine Arts. 25% of Craft Artists had a degree in Fine Arts before becoming Craft Artists. That is over 11 times the average across all careers. Graphic Design graduates are the second most common among Craft Artists, representing 7% of Craft Artists in the CareerExplorer user base, which is 5.2 times the average.

Craft Artist Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Craft Artist, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Craft Artists % of population Multiple
Fine Arts 24.7% 2.2% 11.4×
Graphic Design 7.0% 1.4% 5.2×
Studio Arts 6.5% 0.5% 12.2×
English Literature 6.5% 4.9% 1.3×
Art History 4.4% 0.7% 6.6×
Psychology 4.3% 7.0% 0.6×
Business Management And Administration 4.1% 6.5% 0.6×
Interior Design 3.2% 0.5% 7.1×
Drama 3.1% 1.1% 2.9×
Marketing And Marketing Research 2.9% 2.2% 1.3×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 2.7% 1.6% 1.7×
Sociology 2.7% 2.1% 1.3×
Liberal Arts 2.6% 1.9% 1.3×
Photography 2.6% 0.4% 7.0×
Biology 2.4% 3.6% 0.7×
Communications 2.4% 3.4% 0.7×
Economics 2.4% 4.0% 0.6×
Commercial Art And Graphic Design 2.2% 0.3% 7.7×
Advertising 2.2% 0.6% 3.7×
Anthropology And Archeology 2.2% 1.3% 1.8×
Miscellaneous Fine Arts 1.9% 0.2% 10.8×
Visual And Performing Arts 1.7% 0.2% 6.9×
Business 1.7% 2.6% 0.7×
Foreign Language Studies 1.7% 1.3% 1.3×
Web Design 1.7% 0.4% 4.5×
Screenwriting 1.5% 0.1% 12.0×
Computer Science 1.4% 2.9% 0.5×
Architecture 1.4% 0.6% 2.3×
History 1.4% 2.3% 0.6×
Finance 1.2% 2.1% 0.6×
Mathematics 1.2% 1.9% 0.6×
Criminal Justice 1.2% 1.4% 0.9×
Chemistry 1.2% 1.1% 1.1×
Cosmetology 1.2% 1.0% 1.2×
Animal Sciences 1.0% 0.4% 2.6×
Film Video And Photographic Arts 1.0% 0.8% 1.4×
Environmental Science 1.0% 1.1% 0.9×
Accounting 1.0% 1.8% 0.6×
International Business 1.0% 1.0% 1.0×
Teacher Education 1.0% 0.8% 1.2×
Humanities 1.0% 0.4% 2.7×
Theology And Religious Vocations 1.0% 0.4% 2.5×
Music Production 1.0% 0.2% 5.4×

Craft Artist Education Levels

36% of Craft Artists have an associate's degree. 24% of Craft Artists have a bachelor's degree.

No education 20%
High school diploma 16%
Associate's degree 36%
Bachelor's degree 24%
Master's degree 4%
Doctorate degree 0%

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Career Attributes

  • $29,372
  • 12,500
  • 4.1
  • 4.8%
  • Certificate or Associate's degree
  • Fine Arts
More Attributes