NEA Report: Art-related professions expected to make healthy job market gains
Santa Fe – August 22, 2011 – A recent report by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) evaluated the job prospects for artists in a range of specialties and found that the overall projected growth for art-related jobs is 11%, which is higher than the overall projected average growth rate for the U.S. labor force. Based on 2008–2018 forecasts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the report includes the following highlights:
- The demand for Internet advertising and interactive media projects will result in a 13% increase in graphic designer jobs and a 14% increase in jobs for multimedia artists and animators.
- Jobs for fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, are expected to grow 9%.
- A 13% growth in jobs for actors is projected due to the growing consumer demand for satellite television and cable, as well as employment by studios and independent filmmakers. Other positions in the film industry are expected to also do well. Film and video editors will see a 12% growth in job opportunities, and camera operators should see a 9% increase. Producers and directors will enjoy a 10% increase in employment, with the creation of 9,700 more jobs.
- The need for photographers is expected to grow 12%, with the creation of 17,500 more jobs.
The NEA report notes that people who work in artistic fields fall within a Bureau of Labor Statistics category in which high levels of education and specialized training are typically required. If you are considering a career in art, photography, film, or design, take a look at the many offerings available at Santa Fe University of Art and Design to help you reach your personal and professional goals.