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.

    You need a high level of skill in your artistic medium to work as a Visual Arts and Crafts Professional. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals.

    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

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    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 10,000 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 49% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 50 years Average age
    • 57% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 10,000 in 2018 to 10,400 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 7,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,400 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Manufacturing; and Retail Trade.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (49%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (63%).
    • Gender: 57% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20087300
    20098600
    20109100
    20116800
    20128600
    20137200
    20148800
    20157900
    20168100
    20176700
    201810000
    202310400

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Arts and Recreation Services65.8
    Manufacturing13.4
    Retail Trade4.6
    Construction2.9
    Other Industries13.3

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    NSW29.831.6
    VIC28.425.6
    QLD17.720.0
    SA7.67.0
    WA8.710.8
    TAS3.82.0
    NT2.21.0
    ACT1.71.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
    15-190.8-5.05.0
    20-243.2-9.39.3
    25-3414.0-22.922.9
    35-4419.1-22.022.0
    45-5424.5-21.621.6
    55-5913.0-9.09.0
    60-6411.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over14.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationVisual Arts and Crafts ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate12.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree29.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV12.3-21.121.1
    Year 1215.8-18.118.1
    Year 113.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below10.0-12.512.5

    You need a high level of skill in your artistic medium to work as a Visual Arts and Crafts Professional. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals.

    Membership with The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) may be useful.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Creative Arts and Culture VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Fine Arts

      89% Skill level

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

    2. Design

      68% Skill level

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

    3. Sales and Marketing

      56% Skill level

      Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    4. Customer and Personal Service

      54% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    5. English Language

      49% Skill level

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

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-1013.00 - Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Freedom to Make Decisions

      98% Important

      How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

    2. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      95% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

    3. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      94% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    4. Being Exact or Accurate

      81% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    5. Deal With External Customers

      80% Important

      How important is it to work with customers or the public?

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-1013.00 - Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators.

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