Craft Artists
SOC: 27-1012.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
10,600 employed

Projected (2024):
10,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Apprentice, Painter, Neckties
  • Architectural Modeler
  • Art Objects Repairer
  • Artisan
  • Bronze Sculptor
  • Calligrapher
  • Ceramic Artist
  • Ceramics Artist
  • Ceramics Sculptor
  • China Painter
  • Colorer
  • Colorist
  • Copyist
  • Cordwainer
  • Craft Worker
  • Crafter
  • Craftsman
  • Creative Designer
  • Custom Shoe-Maker
  • Decorative Arts Production Artist
  • Designer
  • Fiber Artist
  • Fiber Designer
  • Flag Decorator
  • Frame Stylist
  • Furniture Artist
  • Furniture Designer
  • Furniture Maker
  • Furniture Reproducer
  • Glass Artist
  • Glass Blower
  • Goldsmith
  • Guitar Maker
  • Hand Potter
  • Hand-Weaver
  • Inker and Opaquer
  • Instrument Designer
  • Ivory Carver
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Kinetic Sculpture Artist
  • Luthier
  • Memorial Designer
  • Metal Arts Production Artist
  • Metal Smith
  • Mobile Artist
  • Music Autographer
  • Music Grapher
  • Ornamental Metalwork Designer
  • Picture Copyist
  • Quilt Maker
  • Quilter
  • Studio Craft Artist
  • Studio Jeweler
  • Taxidermist
  • Toy Maker
  • Wood Crafter
  • Wood Turner


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • 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.
  • Attend craft shows to market products.
  • Select materials for use based on strength, color, texture, balance, weight, size, malleability and other characteristics.
  • Apply finishes to objects being crafted.
  • Develop concepts or creative ideas for craft objects.
  • Set specifications for materials, dimensions, and finishes.
  • Confer with customers to assess customer needs or obtain feedback.
  • Fabricate patterns or templates to guide craft production.
  • Create prototypes or models of objects to be crafted.
  • Sketch or draw objects to be crafted.
  • Advertise products and work, using media such as internet advertising and brochures.
  • Develop product packaging, display, and pricing strategies.
  • Research craft trends, venues, and customer buying patterns to inspire designs and marketing strategies.
  • Develop designs using specialized computer software.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Alcohol lamps
  • Allen wrenches
  • Aluminum silkscreening screens
  • Angled paint brushes
  • Artists' air brushes
  • Artists' paint brushes
  • Artists' palette knives
  • Artists' palettes
  • Bail shaping pliers
  • Ball mills
  • Bastard hand files
  • Bead press machines
  • Bead shaping molds
  • Belt sanders
  • Bench anvils
  • Bench pins
  • Bench planes
  • Benchtop drill presses
  • Bevel tools
  • Bias tape machines
  • Biscuit joiners
  • Blowhoses
  • Brad nailers
  • Buffing tools
  • Bunsen burners
  • Burnishing tools
  • Bush hammers
  • Butane torches
  • C clamps
  • Calligraphy pens
  • Candle molds
  • Carving knives
  • Carving mallets
  • Center punches
  • Ceramic bead bars
  • Ceramic loop tools
  • Chasing hammers
  • Chop saws
  • Circular saws
  • Clay cutters
  • Clay mixers
  • Color inkjet printers
  • Compound miter saws
  • Conewinders
  • Coping saws
  • Cordless power drills
  • Corner clamps
  • Credit card machines
  • Crochet hooks
  • Cross-lock tweezers
  • Dead blow mallets
  • Degree gauges
  • Design templates
  • Detail carving tools
  • Diamond core drills
  • Digital angle gauges
  • Digital calipers
  • Digital hydrometers
  • Digital micrometers
  • Digital pyrometers
  • Digital scales
  • Digital thermometers
  • Digital viscosometers
  • Dipping tongs
  • Disc cutter dies
  • Disc cutters
  • Double-ended etching scribes
  • Dovetail jigs
  • Dressing wheels
  • Drum sanders
  • Drying cabinets
  • Dust and particulate respirators
  • Dust collectors
  • Dust masks
  • Edge banding machines
  • Edging tools
  • Electric air compressors
  • Electric heat guns
  • Electric kilns
  • Electric potters wheels
  • Electroplating machines
  • Encaustic scrapers
  • Encaustic spatulas
  • Engineers squares
  • Extruder dies
  • Fabric cutters
  • Face shields
  • Feltmaking machines
  • Fettling knives
  • Finishing tumblers
  • Flashdryers
  • Flexible ink spatulas
  • Floor looms
  • Floor mount drill presses
  • Flush cutters
  • Flux brushes
  • Gas kilns
  • Gas-powered air compressors
  • Glass cutting shears
  • Glass kilns
  • Glass rakes
  • Glass rod nippers
  • Glassworking lathes
  • Glue brushes
  • Graphic arts rulers
  • Graphite paddles
  • Graphite reamers
  • Half-round hand files
  • Half-round needle files
  • Half-round pliers
  • Hand glaze mixers
  • Hand planes
  • Handheld clay extruders
  • Handlemaker tools
  • Handsaws
  • Hearing protection plugs
  • Heat resistant gloves
  • Heat transfer printers
  • Heavy duty fixed base routers
  • Height gauges
  • Hold-down clamps
  • Hole-punching pliers
  • Hollow mandrels
  • Image sublimation printers
  • Inkle looms
  • Jewelers' chain-nose pliers
  • Jewelers' crimper pliers
  • Jewelers' flat nose pliers
  • Jewelers' forming pliers
  • Jewelers' link forming pliers
  • Jewelers' loupes
  • Jewelers' planishing hammers
  • Jewelers' prong-closing pliers
  • Jewelers' saws
  • Jewelers' solder cutting pliers
  • Jewelers' wire gauges
  • Jewelers' wire looping pliers
  • Jigsaws
  • Kick wheels
  • Kiln carts
  • Kiln oxygen probes
  • Kiln ventilation hoods
  • Lampworking torches
  • Lap looms
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser levels
  • Lathe burners
  • Layout T-squares
  • Line boring machines
  • Linoleum cutters
  • Machine quilters
  • Manual production printing presses
  • Marble molds
  • Mashing tweezers
  • Mini drill presses
  • Miter gauges
  • Modeling stands
  • Moisture monitors
  • Mold knives
  • Mortise and tenon jigs
  • Non-contact thermometers
  • Paint mixing pipettes
  • Paint scrapers
  • Paint spray guns
  • Panel saws
  • Paper drills
  • Parallel mashers
  • Personal computers
  • pH indicators
  • Phillips screwdrivers
  • Pin nailers
  • Pipe clamps
  • Planing equipment
  • Pneumatic chisels
  • Polishing bench lathes
  • Portable routers
  • Pot lifts
  • Potter's ribs
  • Pottery cleanup tools
  • Pottery duster brushes
  • Pottery kilns
  • Power screwdrivers
  • Power staple guns
  • Precision levels
  • Precision straightedges
  • Protective safety glasses
  • Protractors
  • Pry bars
  • Pugmills
  • Punch needles
  • Punch sets
  • Push and blow tubes
  • Quilting frames
  • Rabbeting routers
  • Raku kilns
  • Raku tongs
  • Rawhide mallets
  • Reciprocating lapping machines
  • Riffler rasps
  • Rigid heddle looms
  • Ring mandrels
  • Riveting hammers
  • Rotary cutters
  • Round hole punches
  • Round short handle brushes
  • Saber saws
  • Sandblasting guns
  • Scoring knives
  • Scribing tools
  • Scroll saws
  • Seam rippers
  • Sewing machines
  • Sewing rulers
  • Sgraffito tools
  • Shop vacuums
  • Silk screen exposure units
  • Silk-screening roller frames
  • Silk-screening squeegees
  • Slab mats
  • Slab rollers
  • Small hand looms
  • Smoothing planes
  • Soap molds
  • Solder tweezers
  • Soldering picks
  • Spring-loaded tubing cutters
  • Square hole cutters
  • Stainless steel mandrels
  • Steam bending tools
  • Steam irons
  • Steel rasps
  • Stencil brushes
  • Stone carving chisels
  • Stone carving knives
  • Stone or metal grinders
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Strain viewers
  • Table saws
  • Tablet computers
  • Tabletop looms
  • Tabletop printing presses
  • Tapestry looms
  • Texturing hammers
  • Thermofaxes
  • Theromcouples
  • Thread bobbins
  • Tile cutters
  • Tile presses
  • Tile saws
  • Tool sharpeners
  • Tool sharpening stones
  • Torch igniters
  • Trim saws
  • Triple beam scales
  • Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners
  • Warping mills
  • Wick setters
  • Wood carving chisels
  • Wood carving gouges
  • Wood carving skews
  • Woodburning tool sets
  • Woodworking templates
  • Wool combs
  • Workbench vises
  • DRAWSTITCH Artistic Sewing Suite
  • Electric Quilt Quilt Design Wizard
  • Email software
  • Embroidery design software
  • Facebook
  • Floriani MDQ My Decorative Quilter Quilting Design Software
  • John Hesselberth and Ron Roy GlazeMaster
  • Pattern design software
  • Sales management software
  • Twitter
  • Web browser software


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    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980