Careers in Art

Many ask "what can I do with an art degree?". You love to draw, paint, and sculpt, but you're not sure how to translate your passion into a career. Pursuing a career as a full-time artist, designer or scholar is possible, if you have the tenacity.

About 62% of artists are self-employed. Many, however, find work with museums, galleries, schools, advertising agencies, magazines, newspapers, and movie studios. Employment of artists and related workers is expected to grow faster than average: 16% through 2016, according to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Being an original and creative thinker and problem-solver is valuable in almost any field. At Framingham State University we challenge our students to think along the periphery, to arrive at unique solutions to complex problems. These abilities ensure success in any number of fields after graduation. 

The list below corresponds to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook and details many different career paths for art majors.


Careers in Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture
Art Acquisition Specialist
Artist Agent
Art Instructor
Art Therapy *with a minor in Psychology
Audiovisual Specialist
Billboard Artist
Custom Decorator
Exhibit Designer
Floral Designer
Freelance Artist
Furniture Designer
Gallery Director
Jewelry Designer
Museum/Gallery Manager or Administrator
Medical Illustrator
Museum Technician/Preparator
Museum Curator
Picture Framer
Portrait Artist
Press Operator
Printing Craftsman
Production Artist
Production Potter
Production Coordinator
Professor of Art/Art History
Set Designer
Tattoo Artist
Textile Designer

Careers in Graphic Design and Illustration
Advertising Artist
Book Designer
Book Jacket Designer
CD/Record Cover Designer
Children's Book Illustrator
CAD Designer
Comic Strip Artist
Corporate Designer
Desktop Publishing Artist
Graphic Designer
Greeting Card Artist
Journalistic Artist
Magazine Designer
Medical Illustrator
Package/Industrial Designer
Technical Illustrator
TV Graphic Designer
Video Game Designer
Web Designer

Careers in Art History and Museum Studies
Art Acquisition Specialist
Artist Agent
Collection Manager
Exhibit Designer
Gallery Director
Museum Archivist
Museum Curator
Museum Director
Museum/Gallery Manager or Administrator
Professor of Art/Art History
Visual Resources Librarian

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