In Demand Careers That Use Art Skills

by Mark Applegate

Artistic abilities often go far beyond painting on canvas or turning a pottery wheel. Artists can translate thoughts into visual representations that others can relate to in a way that those without these abilities cannot. If you are artistic, you have skills that many employers covet. Think outside the box and consider your artistic skills -- as well as your other skills and education -- as you begin a job search.

Design Homes and Offices

Architects discuss a proposed house or building with the owner, design the structure with the assistance of engineers and oversee the project. It takes strong artistic aptitude to convert a series of concepts and discussions into a scale model and then a completed project. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts brisk demand, with jobs growing by 24 percent between 2010 and 2020. This translates to approximately 27,900 new architects.

Expand the Web

Websites have two primary parts, dubbed the front end and the back end. The back end is largely programs that hold and distribute files from which you draw as you navigate the site. The front end, the artistic side, is home of the user interface, or the icons and buttons you click. Artistic people design the website to be aesthetically pleasing and simple to navigate. The BLS estimates that jobs in the category that includes these Web magicians will increase by 22 percent between 2010 and 2020.

Design Memorable Graphics

Similar to architects, graphic designers convert spoken concepts into drawings by hand or through technology. These artists often work with marketing departments to create logos that we remember and billboards that influence the public. Some graphics designers teach the topic in a high school or college setting. The BLS estimates that between 2010 and 2020 this profession will grow by 13 percent, or 37,300 artists.

Map Maker Extraordinaire

Cartographers and photogrammetrists analyze and design maps. Cartographers are traditional mapmakers who convert geographical data into visual representations of an area. They work with other disciplines to show data such as precipitation and population trends. They also revise existing maps based on changes in political data or geography. Photogrammetrists are specialists who use aerial surveys to perform many of the same functions. These careers, according to BLS estimates, will grow by 22 percent, or 3,100, between 2010 and 2020.

Make a House a Home

Interior designers create and implement design plans for homes and businesses. Whether self-employed or working for an architect or contractor, these designers help the owner choose furniture, wall and window coverings, carpet and other necessities. They work with subcontractors to see that the installation goes as planned and the owner is satisfied. The BLS estimates that this profession will grow by 19 percent, or 10,900 designers, between 2010 and 2020.

Train Budding Artists

The BLS groups fine arts professionals in another category called self-enrichment teachers. These are musicians, foreign language teachers and other classroom teachers or private instructors who teach largely for the pupil's enjoyment. Some teach subjects such as pottery, painting and photography to those who are interested either professionally or as a hobby. The agency predicts a 21 percent increase, or some 52,800 jobs, between 2010 and 2020.

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