March 22, 2021

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What to Do With an Art Degree

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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.

OccupationMedian SalaryMedian HourlyCurrent jobsOutlookRequired Education
Archivist$45,200$21.736,300NormalMaster’s degree
Art Director$80,630$38.7684,190NormalBachelor’s degree
Artist$58,843$28.2919,300NormalNone required
College Professor$62,050$29.831,756,000GoodGraduate Degree
Curator$48,450$23.2911,710GoodMaster’s Degree
Elementary School Teacher$51,660$24.841,549,520GoodBachelor’s Degree
Fashion Designer$64,530$31.0222,690NormalAssociate’s degree
Film Editor$50,930$24.4925,530NormalBachelor’s degree
Floral Designer$23,610$11.3576,140NormalOn the job training
Graphic Designer$43,500$20.91286,130GoodBachelor’s Degree
High School Teacher$53,230$25.591,109,500GoodBachelor’s Degree
Interior Designer$46,280$22.2571,720NormalBachelor’s degree
Jeweler$35,17016.9152,090NormalOn the job training
Kindergarten Teacher$48,800$23.46179,520NormalBachelor’s Degree
Librarian$54,500$26.20159,940NormalMaster’s Degree
Middle School Teacher$51,960$24.98659,460GoodBachelor’s Degree
Multimedia Artists and Animators$58,510$28.1366,500GoodBachelor’s Degree
Museum Technician$37,310$17.9411,900GoodBachelor’s Degree
Photographer$42,869$20.61152,000NormalOn the job training
Set Designer$46,680$22.4411,700NormalBachelor’s degree

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