Artist Employment Projections through 2018

National Endowment for the Arts

NEA Research Note #103 (June 27, 2011)


   Artist Employment Projections Through 2018 (328Kb)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports multi-year projections of U.S. employment patterns in its Occupational Outlook Handbook. The current Occupational Outlook Handbook: 2010-11 Edition forecasts occupational growth trends for the entire U.S. labor force from 2008 to 2018.1 Drawing from the Handbook, NEA Research Note #103 examines job prospects for artists and other selected cultural occupations.

This Note seeks to answer the following questions: Are artist occupations projected to grow or decline? What are the driving factors behind the projected growth or decline of various artist occupations? What is the projected level of competition within those occupations? Which industry-related or macroeconomic factors influence the demand for artists?