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What Do Craft Artist Do?

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

What Do Craft Artists Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Confer with customers to assess customer needs or obtain feedback.
  • Create functional or decorative objects by hand, using a variety of methods and materials.
  • Create prototypes or models of objects to be 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.
  • Plan and attend craft shows to market products.

Craft Artist Skills

Below is a list of the skills most Craft Artists say are important on the job.

Active Listening: 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: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

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

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

  • Hand-Weaver
  • Flag Decorator
  • Fine Craft Artist
  • Furniture Maker
  • Taxidermist

Job Opportunities for Craft Artists

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 12,500 jobs in the United States for Craft Artist. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 4.8% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 600 new jobs for Craft Artist by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 1,100 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Craft Artist are Wyoming, Utah, and Georgia. Watch out if you plan on working in South Dakota, Pennsylvania, or New Hampshire. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Do Craft Artists Make A Lot Of Money?

The average yearly salary of a Craft Artist ranges between $21,310 and $69,110.

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Craft Artists who work in Maryland, Georgia, or New York, make the highest salaries.

How much do Craft Artists make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $33,030
Arizona $43,000
California $48,280
Colorado $37,790
Florida $42,560
Georgia $48,900
Illinois $53,800
Indiana $33,270
Kentucky $28,610
Louisiana $31,590
Maryland $59,490
Massachusetts $44,440
Michigan $42,290
Minnesota $42,020
Missouri $27,560
Nebraska $40,830
Nevada $40,720
New Hampshire $29,900
New Jersey $44,920
New Mexico $33,060
New York $59,630
North Carolina $43,940
North Dakota $41,490
Ohio $36,920
Oregon $51,860
Texas $36,730
Utah $31,020
Vermont $34,000
Washington $45,660
Wisconsin $39,740
Wyoming $31,670

Tools & Technologies Used by Craft Artists

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Craft Artists:

  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • Facebook
  • SmugMug Flickr
  • Twitter
  • Embroidery design software

Becoming a Craft Artist

Are there Craft Artists education requirements?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Craft Artists Work

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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