Projected Growth: Little or no change
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Common job titles of Fine Artists include:
Experience and Education
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.
37.03% said they needed a Some College Courses.
35.12% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
Integrate and develop visual elements, such as line, space, mass, color, and perspective, to produce desired effects, such as the illustration of ideas, emotions, or moods.
Use materials such as pens and ink, watercolors, charcoal, oil, or computer software to create artwork.
Create sculptures, statues, and other three-dimensional artwork by using abrasives and tools to shape, carve, and fabricate materials such as clay, stone, wood, or metal.
Apply solvents and cleaning agents to clean surfaces of paintings, and to remove accretions, discolorations, and deteriorated varnish.
Frame and mat artwork for display or sale.
Photograph objects, places, or scenes for reference material.
Create and prepare sketches and model drawings of cartoon characters, providing details from memory, live models, manufactured products, or reference materials.
Shade and fill in sketch outlines and backgrounds, using a variety of media such as water colors, markers, and transparent washes, labeling designated colors when necessary.
Create sketches, profiles, or likenesses of posed subjects or photographs, using any combination of freehand drawing, mechanical assembly kits, and computer imaging.
Render drawings, illustrations, and sketches of buildings, manufactured products, or models, working from sketches, blueprints, memory, models, or reference materials.
Monitor events, trends, and other circumstances, research specific subject areas, attend art exhibitions, and read art publications to develop ideas and keep current on art world activities.
Cut, bend, laminate, arrange, and fasten individual or mixed raw and manufactured materials and products to form works of art.
Maintain portfolios of artistic work to demonstrate styles, interests, and abilities.
Teach artistic techniques to children or adults.
Submit artwork to shows or galleries.
Set up exhibitions of artwork for display or sale.
Market artwork through brochures, mailings, or Web sites.
Render sequential drawings that can be turned into animated films or advertisements.
Provide entertainment at special events by performing activities such as drawing cartoons.
Trace drawings onto clear acetate for painting or coloring, or trace them with ink to make final copies.
Brush or spray protective or decorative finishes on completed background panels, informational legends, exhibit accessories, or finished paintings.
Create graphics, illustrations, and three-dimensional models to be used in research or in teaching, such as in demonstrating anatomy, pathology, or surgical procedures.
Examine and test paintings in need of restoration or cleaning to determine techniques and materials to be used.
Collaborate with engineers, mechanics, and other technical experts as necessary to build and install creations.
Develop project budgets for approval, estimating time lines and material costs.
Study styles, techniques, colors, textures, and materials used in works undergoing restoration to ensure consistency during the restoration process.
Study different techniques to learn how to apply them to artistic endeavors.
Create finished art work as decoration, or to elucidate or substitute for spoken or written messages.
Submit preliminary or finished artwork or project plans to clients for approval, incorporating changes as necessary.
Confer with clients, editors, writers, art directors, and other interested parties regarding the nature and content of artwork to be produced.
Collaborate with writers who create ideas, stories, or captions that are combined with artists' work.
Model substances such as clay or wax, using fingers and small hand tools to form objects.
Wood carving skews
Wood carving gouges
Wood carving chisels
Welding facial shields
Triple beam scalesAll Tools
Tool sharpening stones
Thin line sculpting tools
Stone carving knives
Stone carving chisels
Stationary lighting systems
Square hole cutters
Single lens reflex SLR cameras
Shielded arc welders
Round hole punches
Remote firing flashes
Protective safety glasses
Pottery duster brushes
Pottery cleanup tools
Photo quality computer printers
Paint spray guns
Metal inert gas MIG welders
Kiln ventilation hoods
Kiln oxygen probes
Heat resistant gloves
Handheld clay extruders
Hand glaze mixers
Graduated measuring cylinders
Figure armature systems
Electric potters wheels
Detail carving tools
Computer data input scanners
Ceramic bead bars
Artists’ palette knives
Artists’ fountain pens
Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
Autodesk 3D Studio Design
Hypertext markup language HTMLAll Technologies
Trimble SketchUp Pro
Adobe Systems Adobe ActionScript
Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
Adobe Systems Adobe Flash
Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker
Adobe Systems Adobe FreeHand
Adobe Systems Adobe ImageReady
Camp Software Art Licensing Manager
Code Line Art Files
Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
Corel Paint Shop Pro
Credit card processing software
WorkingArtist Systems WorkingArtist
Xara Designer Pro X
Come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Originality
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Cognitive Abilities › Spatial Abilities › Visualization
Match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Visual Color Discrimination