Details Report for:
27-1013.00 - Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Sample of reported job titles: Artist, Artist Blacksmith, Automotive Artist, Fine Artist, Illustrator, Painter, Portrait Artist, Sacred Art Artist, Sculptor, Stained Glass Artist
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
Tools used in this occupation:
- Anatomical models — Bust armatures; Figure armature systems; Head armatures
- Angle grinder — Angle grinders
- Artist knives — Encaustic scrapers
- Bench scales — Digital scales
- Blow torch — Oxyacetylene torches
- Calipers — Digital calipers
- Camera flashes or lighting — Remote firing flashes; Stationary lighting systems; Strobe flashes
- Camera lens — Camera lenses
- Camera lens filter — Lens filters
- Camera tripods — Photography tripods
- Clay or modeling tools — Clay cutters; Sculpting thumbs; Slab rollers; Thin line sculpting tools (see all 25 examples)
- Developing tongs — Printing tongs
- Developing trays — Processing trays
- Digital cameras — Single lens reflex SLR cameras
- Drying cabinets or ovens — Drying cabinets
- Extruders for modeling materials — Handheld clay extruders
- Film squeegee — Print squeegees
- Fountain pens — Artists' fountain pens
- Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Brazing tools
- Grinding machines — Ball mills
- Hammers — Bush hammers
- Handheld thermometer — Digital thermometers
- Hydrometers — Digital hydrometers
- Kiln accessories for firing ceramics — Kiln oxygen probes; Kiln ventilation hoods
- Kiln furniture — Ceramic bead bars; Kiln carts
- Kilns for firing ceramics — Electric kilns; Gas kilns; Pottery kilns; Raku kilns (see all 5 examples)
- Laboratory graduated cylinders — Graduated measuring cylinders
- Laser printers — Photo quality computer printers
- Masks or accessories — Dust masks
- Mat cutter — Mat cutters
- Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Paint sprayers — Paint spray guns
- Palette knives — Artists' palette knives
- Palettes for paint or ink mixing — Artists' palettes
- Personal computers
- Photographic enlargers — Photo enlargers
- Photographic timer — Enlarger timers
- Plasma cutting machine — Plasma cutters
- Pneumatic hammer — Pneumatic chisels
- Potters wheels for hand made ceramics — Electric potters wheels; Kick wheels
- Power grinders — Die grinders
- Power sanders
- Power saws — Electric saws
- Protective gloves — Heat resistant gloves
- Pyrometers — Digital pyrometers
- Rasps — Riffler rasps; Steel rasps
- Rock cutters — Stone saws
- Safety glasses — Protective safety glasses
- Sand blasting machine — Sandblasting guns
- Scanners — Computer data input scanners
- Sharpening stones or tools or kits — Tool sharpening stones
- Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welders
- Spatulas — Encaustic spatulas
- Specialty brushes — Acrylic paintbrushes; Oil paintbrushes; Sumi paintbrushes
- Spirit burners — Alcohol lamps
- Stonemason chisel — Hand chisels; Stone carving chisels; Stone carving knives
- Tablet computers
- Thermocouples — Theromcouples
- Tile cutter — Tile cutters
- Tongs — Dipping tongs; Raku tongs
- Triple beam balances — Triple beam scales
- Utility knives — Linoleum cutters
- Viscosimeters — Digital viscosometers
- Watercolor brushes — Watercolor paintbrushes
- Welding masks — Welding facial shields
- Wood chisels — Wood carving chisels; Wood carving skews
- Wood gouge — Wood carving gouges
- Wood mannequins — 23
Technology used in this occupation:
- Accounting software — Intuit QuickBooks
- Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk 3D Studio Design; Autodesk AutoCAD ; Dassault Systemes CATIA ; Trimble SketchUp
- Data base user interface and query software — ArtScope.net eArtist; Camp Software Art Licensing Manager; FileMaker Bento; GYST
- Desktop publishing software — Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker; Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
- Development environment software — Adobe Systems Adobe ActionScript
- Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat ; Code Line Art Files
- Electronic mail software — Email software
- Enterprise application integration software — Extensible markup language XML
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator ; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop ; Paintbrush; Xara Designer Pro X (see all 14 examples)
- Instant messaging software — Twitter
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Object or component oriented development software — C# ; C++ ; Python
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Point of sale POS software — Credit card processing software
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Project management software — WorkingArtist Systems WorkingArtist
- Video creation and editing software — Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects
- Web page creation and editing software — Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver ; Facebook
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Develop artistic or design concepts for decoration, exhibition, or commercial purposes.
- Collaborate with others to determine technical details of productions.
- Present work to clients for approval.
- Maintain records, documents, or other files.
- Draw detailed or technical illustrations.
- Construct distinctive physical objects for artistic, functional, or commercial purposes.
- Conduct research to inform art, designs, or other work.
- Monitor current trends.
- Research new technologies.
- Estimate costs for projects or productions.
- Coordinate logistics for productions or events.
- Determine technical requirements of productions or projects.
- Apply finishes to artwork, crafts, or displays.
- Build models, patterns, or templates.
- Collaborate with others to prepare or perform artistic productions.
- Entertain public with comedic or dramatic performances.
- Create computer-generated graphics or animation.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, nannies, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|22||High school diploma or equivalent|
|16||Less than high school diploma|
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|35-2013.00||Cooks, Private Household|
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|49-9063.00||Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners|
|51-6052.00||Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers|
|51-9071.06||Gem and Diamond Workers|
|51-9071.07||Precious Metal Workers|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2015)||$22.34 hourly, $46,460 annual|
|Employment (2014)||26,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Slower than average (2% to 4%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||5,700|
|Top industries (2014)||
Self-Employed (55% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Craft and fine artists . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.