Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 27-1012 Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Create functional or decorative objects by hand, using a variety of methods and materials. Cut, shape, fit, join, mold, or otherwise process materials, using hand tools, power tools, and/or machinery. Attend craft shows to market products. Select materials for use based on strength, color, texture, balance, weight, size, malleability and other characteristics. Apply finishes to objects being crafted. Develop concepts or creative ideas for craft objects. Set specifications for materials, dimensions, and finishes. Confer with customers to assess customer needs or obtain feedback. Fabricate patterns or templates to guide craft production. Create prototypes or models of objects to be crafted. Sketch or draw objects to be crafted. Advertise products and work, using media such as internet advertising and brochures. Develop product packaging, display and pricing strategies. Research craft trends, venues, and customer buying patterns in order to inspire designs and marketing strategies.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $12.85   Entry $26,726.00
Mean $15.89   Mean $33,040.00
Experience $17.41 Experience $36,197.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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