Also known as Artist, Ceramic Artist, Designer, Fiber Artist, Fine Craft Artist, Furniture Maker, Glass Artist, Glass Blower, Goldsmith, Hand-Weaver
Also known as Artist, Ceramic Artist, Designer
Craft Artists create or reproduce handmade objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Craft Artists are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Craft Artists. More generally, Craft Artists are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Craft Artist is $35,180, and the average salary is $38,260. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Craft Artist salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Craft Artists earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Craft Artists earn less than $21,630 per year, 25% earn less than $27,400, 75% earn less than $45,390, and 90% earn less than $59,620.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Craft Artists is expected to change by 13.5%, and there should be roughly 1,200 open positions for Craft Artists every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Craft Artist are usually higher in their Artistic, Realistic, and Enterprising interests.
Craft Artists typically have very strong Artistic interests. Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Also, Craft Artists typically have strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Lastly, Craft Artists typically have strong Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Craft Artist tend to value Achievement, Independence, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Craft Artists very strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Second, Craft Artists strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Craft Artists moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Craft Artists must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, independence, and achievement/effort.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Craft Artists, ranked by importance:
Craft Artists often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Craft Artists usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Craft Artists may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as fine arts, sales and marketing, or customer and personal service knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Craft Artists might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Craft Artists must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Craft Artists need abilities such as originality, finger dexterity, and arm-hand steadiness in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Craft Artists, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Craft Artists frequently use skills like reading comprehension, active listening, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Craft Artists, ranked by their relative importance.
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