Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals create visual two- and three-dimensional concepts and forms through painting, drawing, carving, sculpting, modelling, printmaking, video, multimedia, found objects, ephemera, soundscapes and other media to communicate concepts and ideas.

A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed. High levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest are also important.

Tasks

  • conceiving and developing ideas, designs and styles for paintings, drawings, pottery pieces and sculptures
  • arranging objects, positioning models, and selecting landscapes and other visual forms according to chosen subject matter
  • selecting artistic media, method and materials
  • applying media to surfaces using appropriate techniques
  • moulding clay into functional and artistic articles by wheel-throwing, moulding and hand-building
  • mixing glazing materials and applying glazes to dried pottery by dipping and painting
  • placing finished and decorated pieces in kilns
  • sketching designs of proposed sculptures, and making wax and plaster models
  • devising forms from metal using welding and metalworking equipment, and from stone using masonry tools
  • carving and forming materials to desired shape using hand and power tools

Job Titles

  • Painter (Visual Arts or Artistic)
  • Potter or Ceramic Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Other Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals
  • Painter (Visual Arts or Artistic)

    Conceives and creates visual art forms, such as pictures, abstract designs and similar compositions, to communicate impressions and ideas.

  • Potter or Ceramic Artist

    Conceives and creates functional or artistic articles by moulding clay, glass and other fusible materials using hand-building and wheel techniques.

  • Sculptor

    Conceives and creates three-dimensional forms to communicate impressions and ideas by carving or modelling materials, such as wood, stone, clay and metal, or assembling found and manufactured materials.

  • Other Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals

    Includes Leadlighter, Multimedia Artist, Quilter, Textile Artist

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    8700
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    42.8%
  • Female Share

    57.2%
  • Full-Time Share

    49.4%

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This is a small occupation employing 8700 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has stayed about the same.
Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Arts and Recreation Services; Retail Trade; and Manufacturing.
  • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 43.6 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 50 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 7 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 6 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200510900
200613100
200710000
20087600
20099400
20108600
20116500
20128500
20137000
20149000
20158700
20209600

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryVisual Arts and Crafts ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
Full-time49.468.4
Part-time50.631.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)43.640

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Arts and Recreation Services57.4
Retail Trade16.8
Manufacturing15.2
Information Media and Telecommunications4
Other Industries6.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateVisual Arts and Crafts ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
NSW31.831.8
VIC23.525.5
QLD11.319.8
SA5.16.8
WA1511.2
TAS5.32
NT4.61.1
ACT3.31.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketVisual Arts and Crafts ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-241.8-9.99.9
25-349.1-23.423.4
35-4423.8-21.721.7
45-5427.8-21.121.1
55-5914.1-8.78.7
60-6412.9-5.95.9
65 and Over10.4-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryVisual Arts and Crafts ProfessionalsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males42.8Males53.6
Females57.2Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed. High levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest are also important.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate well with diverse audiences and are reliable.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Fine Arts

    93% Important

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  2. Design

    87% Important

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    78% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Sales and Marketing

    75% Important

    Showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  5. English Language

    72% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Thinking Creatively

    96% Important

    Using your own ideas to developing, designing, or creating something new.

  2. Getting Information

    75% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    73% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Handling and Moving Objects

    71% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  5. Selling or Influencing Others

    70% Important

    Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.

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