Art Directors

General Information

Description

Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Self-employed58.67%
  2. Private, for profit34.29%
  3. Private, not for profit3.63%
  4. State and local government1.66%
  5. Federal government0.72%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
  • Motion Picture and Video Industries
  • Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers

Job Outlook

Employment of art directors is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Art directors will continue to be needed to oversee the work of graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, and others engaged in artwork or layout design. Employment of art directors is projected to decline in the publishing industry from 2016 to 2026 as traditional print publications lose ground to other media forms. Rather than focusing on the print layout of images and text, art directors for newspapers and magazines will increasingly design for web and mobile platforms.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$80,110

Military salary*

$110,035

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State-by-state Salary

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$118,640
$50,180
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 73%
  • Master's degree 17%
  • Associate's degree 9%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Communications and Media
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • English Language
  • Fine Arts

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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