Employment of art directors is expected to increase 9 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Art directors will continue to be needed to oversee the work of graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, and others engaged in artwork or layout design.
Employment of art directors is expected to experience
little to no change in the publishing industry from 2010 to 2020.
Although job opportunities may decline as traditional print publications
lose ground to other media forms, new opportunities are expected to
arise as the number of electronic magazines and Internet-based
publications grows. Rather than focusing on the print layout of
photographs and text, art directors for newspapers and magazines will
design Web pages that incorporate a variety of photographs,
illustrations, graphic designs, and text images.
The most new jobs
are expected in the advertising, public relations, and related services
and specialized design services industries. Advertising, public
relations, and related services is expected to add 2,600 art director
jobs from 2010 to 2020. Specialized design services is projected to add
700 art director jobs over the same period.
Strong competition for jobs is expected as many talented designers and artists seek to move into these positions.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Art Directors,
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/art-directors.htm (visited September 25, 2012).