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Arts Employment

Arts Jobs in a Recovering Economy?

The Outlook: Arts occupations will increase on average by 11% through the year 2018. So say the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, as synthesized in a report by the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Companies’ need to reach an increasingly technology-savvy consumer is growing.” Multimedia artists, animators, and illustrators will be in demand due to widespread adoption of digital advertising formats. Skilled writers are required for the online publications, websites, and newsletters businesses will use to attract customers.

Vigorous job growth is also projected for museum technicians and conservators, curators, landscape architects, interior designers, and architects.

Some Facts

Jobs in creative fields cover the full range of performing, literary, and visual arts. These careers include work "behind-the-scenes" such as sound technician, proofreader, gallery assistant, music therapist, dance teacher, or box office manager.

•    60% of artists and related workers in the U.S. are self-employed.
•    Indiana has 10,012 arts-related businesses that employ 45,149 people full-time.*
•    30,396 Indiana residents consider themselves full-time artists.
•    92% of U.S. arts training program alumni who wish to work are currently working.
     81% found employment soon after graduating.

Disability and the Creative Professions

People with disabilities contribute their talents to many fields in the arts. Available statistics suggest that about 4% of artists in the U.S. labor force have disabilities. Some choose to have a visible identity as an artist with a disability, others prefer not to. No one says making a living in the arts is easy. The obstacles are doubled for those facing physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges. But this hasn't stopped determined individuals with significant and diverse types of impairments. They are pursuing an income from doing what they're passionate about. Read about People with Disabilities in the Arts.

*A conservative number that doesn't include many employers that are nonprofit.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook
Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts/Indiana
(Americans for the Arts, 2015)
Artist Employment Projections through 2018 (NEA Research Note #103)
Artists and Arts Workers in the United States (NEA Research Report #105)
Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) Report