What Can I Do With a Major in Art?
If one is true of art majors, it’s that they’re tired of being asked what they’re going to do with their degree. The truth is, most people who choose to major in art are simply following their passion, and will take their passion as far as it can go.
Many art majors do on to have long and successful careers in an art-related occupation. Some work as set designers, graphic designers, sculptors, curators, illustrators, photographers, and many other occupations that require a great visual eye and the ability to develop meaningful work.
With that said, the vast majority of people who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in art go on to work in an occupation that isn’t related to their major. Art majors are normally very imaginative, which, believe it or not, is still very valuable in the world of business suits and cubicles.
Nearly fifteen percent of art majors end up working in sales and marketing. Another twelve percent go on to work as teachers. Other graduates work in administrative positions (like secretaries and clerks), and many move up to fill upper management positions.
Careers for Art Majors
Below are some of the most common career choices for students who graduate from an undergraduate art program. Note: this is not a comprehensive list, but it should give you an idea of the types of work that art majors are qualified to do.
|Occupation||Median Salary||Median Hourly||Current jobs||Outlook||Required Education|
|Art Director||$80,630||$38.76||84,190||Normal||Bachelor’s degree|
|College Professor||$62,050||$29.83||1,756,000||Good||Graduate Degree|
|Elementary School Teacher||$51,660||$24.84||1,549,520||Good||Bachelor’s Degree|
|Fashion Designer||$64,530||$31.02||22,690||Normal||Associate’s degree|
|Film Editor||$50,930||$24.49||25,530||Normal||Bachelor’s degree|
|Floral Designer||$23,610||$11.35||76,140||Normal||On the job training|
|Graphic Designer||$43,500||$20.91||286,130||Good||Bachelor’s Degree|
|High School Teacher||$53,230||$25.59||1,109,500||Good||Bachelor’s Degree|
|Interior Designer||$46,280||$22.25||71,720||Normal||Bachelor’s degree|
|Jeweler||$35,170||16.91||52,090||Normal||On the job training|
|Kindergarten Teacher||$48,800||$23.46||179,520||Normal||Bachelor’s Degree|
|Middle School Teacher||$51,960||$24.98||659,460||Good||Bachelor’s Degree|
|Multimedia Artists and Animators||$58,510||$28.13||66,500||Good||Bachelor’s Degree|
|Museum Technician||$37,310||$17.94||11,900||Good||Bachelor’s Degree|
|Photographer||$42,869||$20.61||152,000||Normal||On the job training|
|Set Designer||$46,680||$22.44||11,700||Normal||Bachelor’s degree|