There are currently an estimated 12,500 craft artists in the United States. The craft artist job market is expected to grow by 4.8% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are craft artists?

CareerExplorer rates craft artists with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 3,500 craft artists. That number is based on 600 additional craft artists, and the retirement of 2,900 existing craft artists.

Are craft artists in demand?

Competition for craft artist jobs will be robust because there are more qualified candidates than openings, allowing employers to be very selective. Employment and demand in this field also depends largely on the overall state of the economy, due to the optional nature of art purchases. In addition, the sale of inexpensive, mass-produced items designed to look like handmade original crafts may impact consumer purchases from these artists. However, most related employment losses should be offset by sustained public interest in locally-made products. Talented individuals who have mastered artistic techniques and also developed marketing skills will be best positioned to compete for available jobs. Many craft artists claim that the love of their work is their primary reward and that financial gain, although welcome, is secondary. This perspective frequently requires that many of these artisans supplement their income with work outside of their creative endeavours, at least until they build a portfolio and establish themselves as professional artists.

What’s the supply of craft artists?

The craft artist industry is concentrated in Texas, California, New York

Craft Artist job market by state

State Name Employed Craft Artists
Texas 520
California 440
New York 240
Washington 190
Georgia 190
Illinois 180
Arizona 160
Michigan 150
Ohio 140
Alabama 140
Utah 120
Indiana 100
Colorado 100
Nevada 80
Massachusetts 80
Wisconsin 80
Maryland 70
New Jersey 70
Virginia 60
Vermont 60
Wyoming 50
Minnesota 50
North Carolina 50
Nebraska 40
Mississippi 40
Idaho 40
Iowa 40
Hawaii 40