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Career Resources — Arts

Industry Overview

At its core, the arts involve the creation, preservation, education, and expression of art. The industry can be informally broken down into different sub-sets, mainly: fine (visual) arts and museums. It’s important when studying the art industry that students distinguish between job functions and industry subsets, the former of which centers around specific roles where the latter is the environment which the role is situated in. Colleges and universities have a multitude of programs in the arts and job opportunities are extremely diverse.


Vault Vault provides in-depth intelligence on what it's really like to work in an industry, company or profession—and how to position yourself for success. Information can be found on Vault for the visual arts subset.

O*Net provides students with comprehensive information about jobs within the different industries. Searching for arts in the occupation quick search reveals dozens of job functions and their required skillset, including:

  • Postsecondary teachers
  • Art directors
  • Museum technicians
  • Artists – self employed
  • Music directors