Artists create artistic works using appropriate techniques, materials and media; design artwork and illustrations; and restore damaged pieces of art.


New workers

New workers start around £15,643. Normal pay is £30,638 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £55,641.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 11,545 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Produces works on commission basis for clients.

  • Markets and sells finished work directly to customers.

  • Liaises with writers and publishers to produce book illustrations.

  • Uses artistic skills to restore damaged artworks.

  • Approaches managers of galleries and exhibitions in order to get finished work displayed.

  • Builds up composition into finished work by carving, sculpting, etching, painting, engraving, drawing, etc..

  • Prepares sketches, scale drawings or colour schemes.

  • Selects appropriate materials, medium and method.

  • Conceives and develops ideas and ways of working for artistic composition.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Adobe InDesign

  • Adobe Creative Suite

  • Marketing

  • Artwork

  • Brand Management

  • Animations

  • Autodesk Maya

  • Workflow Management

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Detail Oriented

  • Customer Service

  • Sales

  • Management

  • Packaging And Labeling

  • Self-Motivation

  • Problem Solving

  • Organizational Skills

  • Enthusiasm

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.