What Does An Artist Do?

An artist may create any type of art. Lou, the artist featured in the video, primarily creates sculptures.


Artist Shorty

How Do I Become An Artist?

Although a college degree isn’t necessary to do this work, it will likely lead to more success. A four-year bachelor’s degree in fine arts or a related field will likely be very helpful. A master’s degree in a similar field, which would likely take about two-three additional years to earn, would be even more helpful.

What is the Average Salary For An Artist?

High – 99,000
Median – 48,000
Low – 21,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become An Artist?

  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
  • Art
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Psychology

What Is The Work Environment For An Artist?

About half of the artists out there work for themselves, including Lou. Others may work for companies who make products for museums, video production companies, or advertising firms.

What Is The Future Outlook For An Artist?

There is likely to be a lot of competition within this industry. An artist who also has good marketing skills will likely be more successful.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

What Degrees Should I Consider If I Want To Be An Artist?