We surveyed 2,638 craft artists to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical craft artist. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a craft artist?

Low

High

Working as a craft artist typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a craft artist?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a craft artist typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a craft artist?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically quite difficult to find a job as a craft artist. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for craft artists.

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Do craft artists work full-time or part-time?

25% of craft artists work in full-time roles while 75% work part-time.

Is being a craft artist stressful?

Low

High

Craft artists tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a craft artist?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a craft artist.

How competitive is the workplace for craft artists?

Low

High

Craft artists see mild competition in their workplace.

Does being a craft artist require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for craft artists.

Are craft artists allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Creativity is intrinsic to being a craft artist, and a highly valuable part of the career.

Do craft artists have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Craft artists have high flexibility in the direction of their work, allowing them a lot of freedom in how they accomplish their goals.

Is being a craft artist physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a craft artist may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.

Are craft artists exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, craft artists tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a craft artist require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a craft artist.

Does being a good craft artist require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a craft artist.