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Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 by Editors at JIST, US Department of Labor

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Art and Design Occupations

Artists and Related Workers

(O*NET 27-1011.00, 27-1012.00, 27-1013.00, 27-1014.00, and 27-1019.00)

Significant Points
  • About 60 percent of artists and related workers are self-employed.
  • Keen competition is expected for both salaried jobs and freelance work because the arts attract many talented people with creative ability.
  • Artists usually develop their skills through a bachelor’s degree program or other postsecondary training in art or design.
  • Earnings for self-employed artists vary widely; some well-established artists earn more than salaried artists, while others find it difficult to rely solely on income earned from selling art.
Nature of the Work

Artists create art to communicate ideas, thoughts, or feelings. ...

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