Learn about the types of people who become illustrators. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2023

29% of illustrators work in full-time roles while 71% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2023

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming an illustrator. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More women than men are interested in becoming illustrators at a ratio of 1.41 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2023

71% of illustrators are female and 29% are male.


Gender Bias, 2023

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being an illustrator and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming an illustrator and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming an illustrator than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of illustrators are White, making up 49% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and East Asian, making up 12% and 11% respectively.