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Craft Artists

Also called: Designer, Fiber Artist, Furniture Maker, Glass Artist

What they do:
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
On the job, you would:
  • 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, or machinery.
  • Attend craft shows to market products.


Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • sales and marketing
  • customer service
Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • mechanical
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • come up with lots of ideas
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • communicate by speaking


People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Innovation
  • Independence
  • Dependability
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • DRAWSTITCH Artistic Sewing Suite
  • Embroidery design software
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Point of sale POS software
  • Sales management software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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