|Art is fun, but it is also hard work. Honestly it is the hardest work I have ever done.|
These sayings are misleading and quite honestly become obnoxious. Of course, art can be a hobby and that may be best for some people, but for others, art is a real job that generates a steady income (yes there are also artists that make $30,000 every 4 – 6 months). This article is for those of you who want to be a professional working studio artist, with a steady income, but are not quite there. It also applies to those of you who would like to create part-time, study art in a formal education setting or pursue one of several fields in the humanities.
Process of Becoming A Working Artist
You can read about my art jobs here
Art vs. Non Art-Realted Jobs
There are benefits to both art and non-art related jobs.
Continue reading for career lists.
List of art careers (may require some school):
Art Historian (would need a degree)
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Gallery Owner/worker - Even sweeping and mopping in an art gallery is an option. When I was at Works of Wyoming, I had tasks like this many times. Trust me. It was not so bad.
Museum Curator - I know very little about this and think a degree would be helpful.
Teaching Art Lessons - I placed an add on CraigsList and found a couple gigs.
Free-lance jobs (This is easy for a graphic designer but you have skills) - Also available on CraigsList and in your community.
Art Therapist - If you love to work with people this could be a fantastic option for you. This position does typically require a masters degree and a counseling or a psychology background. I had the opportunity to intern with an Art Therapist at residential treatment facility and it was incredible to see how people responded to the arts.
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Illustrator - There are a variety of illustration types one could pursue. Some possible options are freelance, medical (often requires medical degree), or textbook.
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Music Store- See below : )
Book Store/ Bible and Book Store - I worked at a Bible, book and music store for a while. It was one of the greatest jobs I have had. The store was geared toward the punk crowd and located downtown across the street from a pub and music venue that had local bands and artist. I also was about to spend time with, and talk to the homeless people that came by.
Coffee Shop - I don't like the smell of coffee but I love open mic nights and mini-gallery openings.
Camp Counselor or Youth Worker - I have done both of these jobs and there are many opportunities to use your creativity and problem solving skills. Creative people are often sought out for positions like these and they typically have a lot of room for career advancement. There is a good chance you will get to be out doors for both as well. Summer camps need creative staff and many towns/areas have treatment facilities nearby.
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Business person - This applies to the humanities in general, but did you know that people with art degrees make more money in the field of business than those who have business degrees? This was a consistent fact in several college planning books that address many majors and options.
Bank worker - Many jobs just require a degree and really search for creative people.
Grad School - For many of us graduate school does not pay (though there are the lucky few who are able to score some free education). If you are still in the position to do so, take a look at some minors or second major options. Business if great for various paths. A second Humanities major and Graphic Design minor suited me well. Philosophy or a cultural studies are some excellent classes.
Hopefully the next time you are asked what you want to do with art I hope some of these answers will come to mind.