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What is it like to be an Artist?

Artists use their unique creative abilities and techniques to express ideas through the production of visual art forms such as ceramics, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, dance, among many others. They usually may specialise in one area or some may work with a combination of techniques. 

Artists work in many settings including education, libraries, government institutions and private artists.

Artists may also choose to undertake additional education and training to become secondary school art teachers.

For more information about a career as an Artist, visit the Job Outlook website.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Artists use their creative minds to convey ideas, emotions and messages in an artistic form. You will have an interest in all things creative and have an artistic flair.

Other key skills and attributes include:

  • artistic ability
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • creative and the ability to conceptualise ideas
  • self-discipline
  • promotional skills.

To become an Artist

To be able to become an Artist, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:



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