Despite Sagging Economy, Arts Sector Sees Job Growth

The National Endowment for the Arts has released a new report that shows a growth rate of 11 percent for arts-related jobs over the next seven years. That outpaces projected growth for the overall workforce by one percent.

Most of that growth will come in the museum field:

Projected growth rates are highest for museum technicians and conservators, as 26 percent; curators, at 23 percent; landscape architects, at 20 percent; interior designers, at 19 percent; and architects, at 16 percent.

Immediately behind are writers and authors, with an expected growth rate of 15 percent; multimedia artists and animators, at 14 percent; graphic designers and actors, at 13 percent; and art directors, photographers, and film and video editors, at 12 percent.

In contrast, jobs for painters, sculptors and illustrators are expected to grow at only a 9 percent rate, and fashion designer jobs will grow at a miniscule 1 percent rate.

Wait. Did I just read a positive news story about writers’ future employment prospects?

Photo: Planning a Mark Bradford installation at the Dallas Museum of Art (Photo via the DMA’s Uncrated blog).