4 Cool Jobs in the Visual Arts

Published on July 14, 2014 by arothstein

Do you have artistic talent and want to turn it into a career? The job market today is brimming with opportunities for aspiring graphic designers, animators, art directors and more. With the right credentials and enough determination, you can land an exciting career that complements your skill set.

Here are four cool jobs in the visual arts industry.

1.  Graphic DesignBEAU

Average salary:  $26,250 to $77,490*
Job outlook:  7% growth projected from 2012-2022*
*According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

If you enjoy analyzing the design elements of a brand’s logo or the colors and layout of a webpage, a graphic design career might be right up your alley. Graphic designers are needed across all industries to create compelling visual designs. Their job duties include:

Work setting: One of the most obvious places graphic designers work is in graphic design firms, where several graphic designers are hired to work on a variety of projects for many different clients. Some graphic designers work in advertising agencies or as part of a company’s design team. Newspapers, magazines, websites and food companies are just a few places that benefit from the creativity and expertise of graphic designers.

2.  Multimedia Artist and Animator

Average salary:  BEAU$34,860 to $113,470*
Job outlook:  6% job growth projected from 2012-2022*
*According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

Multimedia artists and animators are the talented people behind the animations we see every day. Their job duties are as follows:

Work setting: Multimedia artists and animators are often self-employed and work from home. Others may work for motion picture or video game studios in offices. They interact with other artists, but spend most of their time alone working on their projects.

3.  Art Director

Broadview Entertainment Arts University Average salary:  $43,870 to $162,800*
Job outlook:  3% growth projected from 2012-2022*
*According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

If you’ve ever watched Mad Men, you probably have a pretty good idea of what art directors do—well, at least in the 1960’s. These days, art directors are the brains behind the overall design and layouts of magazines, product packaging, film, interactive content and TV productions.

Art directors typically do the following:

Work setting: Most art directors collaborate with designers and other staff on marketing teams. They work in fast-paced environments and are usually under pressure to meet strict deadlines, working in places such as publishing companies, specialized design service firms and motion picture and video industries.

4.  Desktop Publisher

Average salary:  $19,740 to $60,470*BEAU
Job outlook:  -5% growth projected from 2012-2022*
*According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

If you’re interested in learning how to design page layouts for online and printed materials, consider a job as a desktop publisher. Their job duties include:

Work setting: Most desktop publishers work for companies that produce their own printed materials, including advertising and public relations industries. Newspapers, periodicals, books and directory publishers are the most common places that hire desktop publishers.


Whichever visual design job you choose, you can rest assured that it will be an exciting and rewarding career path.

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