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Why a Visual Arts Education in the 21st Century?
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– Dan Pink, author of "A Whole New Mind, Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future."

Choosing a career in the Arts today is far more profitable than it was 30-40 years ago. It is an area that has grown and expanded as a result of technology. The following information was extracted from the Ringling College of Art and Design:

Did you know?

  • 1.25 million Americans work in the visual arts.

  • One in 111 jobs is in art and design.

  • The economic impact of art and design exceeds that of sports worldwide.

  • The creative industries are an estimated $30 billion export annually.

  • Jobs in design have increased 43% in the past ten years.

  • Yearly sales of art reach an estimated $10 billion in the United States alone.

  • There are over 532,000 designers working in the U.S.

  • More people are employed in the visual arts than in all of the performing arts and sports industries combined.

  • 200,000 people are employed in the film industry.

  • People spend approximately $55 billion annually on video games.

  • The computer animation industry generates $33 billion annually.

  • Jobs and employment in many creative industries are growing faster than the labor force as a whole and make up 30% of the work force by some estimates.

  • America’s nonprofit arts industry generates $134 billion in economic activity every year.

  • By 2016, jobs for artists and designers are predicted to increase by 42%.

  • Arts-related businesses in the country's largest cities represent 4.3% of all businesses and 2.2% of all jobs in the United States.

  • There are 3 million people working for over 600,000 arts-centric businesses in the United States.

  • Employment growth by arts-centric businesses since 2007 was 12%, more than four times the rise in the total number of U.S. employees.

  • Designers are the single largest group of artists, followed by performing artists such as actors, dancers, musicians, and announcers.

  • Employment of interior designers is expected to grow 19% from 2006 to 2016.

  • Median salaries of: Creative Directors–$90,000, Art Directors–$86,505, Fine Artists–$48,870,
    Multi-media Artists and Animators–$61,555, Graphic Designers–$46,925, Set and Exhibit Designers–$49,330, Producers and Directors–$86,790, Broadcast Technicians–$40,270, Photographers–$36,090, and Film and Video Editors–$66,715.

  • Wage and salary employment in the motion picture and video industries is projected to grow 11% by 2016.

  • Animators, film and video editors, and others skilled in digital filming and computer-generated imaging have the best job prospects in future of the motion picture and video industries.

  • There are about 94,000 computer artists and animators working in the United States.

  • Jobs for photographers have increased 38% in the past four years.

Sources: Americans for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Entertainment Software Association