Three Unique Careers for Artists

Though they may not be easy to obtain, artistic and artist careers do still exist. Whether you enjoy drawing, painting, photography or another form of art, if you have the skill and the drive to succeed, you can find work that will make your dream of having a career in art a reality.

Types of Career Opportunities for Artists

Career Artist Landscape Architect So what sorts of artist careers are out there? The first unique career for artists that comes to mind is the 3D Animator. As a 3D Animator you will create 3D moving images by using computer software and digital models. Some 3D Animators will specialize in characters or background scenery, while others might focus on the picture as a whole. 3D images can be used in advertising, movies, video games and so much more making the opportunities for work pretty extensive. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the median salary for multimedia animators and artists is $68,060 with a mean hourly wage of $32.72 (Source – If you really want a chance at being successful in this career in art though, you will probably need to live in California, New York or Washington.

The Landscape Architect: Not Just for the Landscaper

The second art related career we have for you is that of a landscape architect. Landscape architects design outdoor spaces for homes, parks, businesses, etc. You will need to earn a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture or something similar, as well as pass your state’s registration exam in order to find work in this area. While attending college, you will want to get as much internship experience as possible because the more experience you have, the easier it will be for you to find work upon graduation. When you’re not designing out of the comfort of your office in your home or business, you will be at the job site. You should enjoy working with others and taking direction because although you are drawing up the concept, most clients are providing you a budget and a clear description of what they want.

Paint the Town Red. Or Paint the Town’s Walls

Finally, another unique career in art you may not have thought of is a muralist. As a muralist you will paint large artwork on walls, sides of buildings or ceilings. In order to be successful as a muralist you will need to build a portfolio of work which means that it likely to take some time before you make some serious income. Though there aren’t many real educational requirements for becoming a muralist, many artists choose to get involved with an apprenticeship under someone who is successful in the business in order to learn more about the craft and to fine-tune their skills. Most muralists are freelancers so you can enjoy the flexibility of being self-employed, making your own hours and setting your own schedule. However, you should also realize that there will be times when you may have to work through the weekend or holidays. However, those who get involved in art jobs typically have a passion for art and therefore you will seldom feel like you are actually working, but instead enjoying the very action you are passionate about.

Sierra Martinez is a Marine Corps wife, mother of one and a writer. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communications and a focus in Public Relations.