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

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 10,000 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 47.1% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42.2 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 54.4% female Gender Share

The number of Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals 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 small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Manufacturing; and Retail Trade.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (47.1%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 49 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (58.9%).
  • Gender: 54.4% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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 Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Services49.7
Manufacturing23.1
Retail Trade10.1
Construction6.0
Other Industries11.1

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 2017, 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
NSW38.931.6
VIC17.326.2
QLD10.419.7
SA12.36.7
WA12.310.8
TAS1.42.0
NT4.31.1
ACT3.11.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-246.0-9.99.9
25-3415.0-23.623.6
35-4420.1-21.721.7
45-5421.3-20.820.8
55-598.4-8.88.8
60-6412.2-6.06.0
65 and Over17.0-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

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

  • 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.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
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The 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.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The 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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