Craft Artists

Overview
Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Experience

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

Education

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Job Training

Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

Examples

These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.

Create or reproduce handmade objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $21K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $27K
Median Salary: $35K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $45K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $59K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

Create functional or decorative objects by hand, using a variety of methods and materials.

Cut, shape, fit, join, mold, or otherwise process materials, using hand tools, power tools, or machinery.

Apply finishes to objects being crafted.

Develop concepts or creative ideas for craft objects.

Select materials for use based on strength, color, texture, balance, weight, size, malleability and other characteristics.

Advertise products and work, using media such as internet advertising and brochures.

Plan and attend craft shows to market products.

Set specifications for materials, dimensions, and finishes.

Create prototypes or models of objects to be crafted.

Confer with customers to assess customer needs or obtain feedback.

Fabricate patterns or templates to guide craft production.

Develop product packaging, display, and pricing strategies.

Research craft trends, venues, and customer buying patterns to inspire designs and marketing strategies.

Sketch or draw objects to be crafted.

Develop designs using specialized computer software.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
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Computer aided design CAD software
Pattern design software
Electronic mail software
Email software
Graphics or photo imaging software
SmugMug Flickr
Instant messaging software
Twitter
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Point of sale POS software
Sales management software
Web page creation and editing software
Facebook
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Agricultural and forestry and landscape machinery and equipment
Wool combs
Arts and crafts equipment and accessories and supplies
Round short handle brushes
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Personal computers
Domestic appliances
Steam irons
Explosive materials
Torch igniters
Hand tools
Rawhide mallets
Hardware
Pipe clamps
Industrial filtering and purification
Dust collectors
Industrial process machinery and equipment and supplies
Push and blow tubes
Industrial pumps and compressors
Electric air compressors
Institutional food services equipment
Soap molds
Janitorial equipment
Shop vacuums
Jewelry
Ring mandrels
Laboratory and scientific equipment
Alcohol lamps
Lapidary machinery and equipment
Finishing tumblers
Measuring and observing and testing instruments
Strain viewers
Metal cutting machinery and accessories
Reciprocating lapping machines
Metal forming machinery and accessories
Disc cutter dies
Metal treatment machinery
Electroplating machines
Office and desk accessories
Layout T-squares
Office machines and their supplies and accessories
Thermofaxes
Paints and primers and finishes
Paint spray guns
Personal safety and protection
Dust and particulate respirators
Photographic or filming or video equipment
Flashdryers
Pneumatic machinery and equipment
Pneumatic chisels
Printing and publishing equipment
Silk-screening roller frames
Raw materials processing machinery
Steam bending tools
Sawmilling and lumber processing machinery and equipment
Miter gauges
Sewing supplies and accessories
Sewing rulers
Textile and fabric machinery and accessories
Bias tape machines
Welding and soldering and brazing machinery and accessories and supplies
Butane torches
Top 10 Knowledge Required
Fine Arts
78%
Importance

Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Sales and Marketing
77%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Customer and Personal Service
76%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Design
76%
Importance

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Production and Processing
76%
Importance

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Mechanical
60%
Importance

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Administration and Management
55%
Importance

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Clerical
55%
Importance

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Economics and Accounting
54%
Importance

Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

English Language
53%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Top 10 Skills
Active Listening
63%
Importance

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension
63%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Social Perceptiveness
63%
Importance

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Speaking
63%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking
60%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring
60%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Persuasion
60%
Importance

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Active Learning
58%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Complex Problem Solving
58%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Service Orientation
58%
Importance

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Top 10 Abilities
Finger Dexterity
78%
Importance

The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

Originality
78%
Importance

The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

Arm-Hand Steadiness
75%
Importance

The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

Manual Dexterity
75%
Importance

The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

Fluency of Ideas
73%
Importance

The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Near Vision
70%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Visualization
70%
Importance

The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Control Precision
68%
Importance

The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

Multilimb Coordination
68%
Importance

The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

Information Ordering
65%
Importance

The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Top 10 Work Activities
Thinking Creatively
92%
Importance

Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Handling and Moving Objects
80%
Importance

Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
76%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Performing General Physical Activities
76%
Importance

Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

Selling or Influencing Others
76%
Importance

Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

Monitoring and Controlling Resources
73%
Importance

Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.

Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
71%
Importance

Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

Scheduling Work and Activities
69%
Importance

Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
67%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
65%
Importance

Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

Detailed Work Activities

Promote products, activities, or organizations.

Construct distinctive physical objects for artistic, functional, or commercial purposes.

Select materials or props.

Apply finishes to artwork, crafts, or displays.

Develop artistic or design concepts for decoration, exhibition, or commercial purposes.

Confer with clients to determine needs.

Build models, patterns, or templates.

Draw detailed or technical illustrations.

Develop promotional strategies or plans.

Monitor current trends.

Work Context
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls

How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

Electronic Mail

How often do you use electronic mail in this job?

Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets

How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

Freedom to Make Decisions

How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?

Structured versus Unstructured Work

To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?

Exposed to Contaminants

How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?

Exposed to Hazardous Equipment

How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?

Importance of Being Exact or Accurate

How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?

Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Education
Majors
Major
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry
Art/Art Studies, General
Drawing
Painting
Sculpture
Printmaking
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
Jewelry Arts
Metal Arts
Interests
Artistic
100%
Importance

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Realistic
81%
Importance

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Enterprising
77%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Investigative
29%
Importance

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Social
24%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Conventional
19%
Importance

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Top 10 Work Styles
Attention to Detail
94%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Independence
87%
Importance

Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Achievement/Effort
86%
Importance

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Innovation
85%
Importance

Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Persistence
85%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Initiative
84%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Dependability
82%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Integrity
75%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Adaptability/Flexibility
74%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Analytical Thinking
72%
Importance

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Work Values
Achievement
86%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Independence
77%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Working Conditions
53%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Recognition
43%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Support
29%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Relationships
24%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.