Artist Occupations

Note: These definitions derive from the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system used by all federal statistical agencies to classify workers. Each listed occupation includes a SOC code number.

Actors, SOC 27-11.  Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, motion picture productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. 

Illustrative examples: Actor, actress, voice-over artist, dramatic reader

Announcers, SOC 27-3010.  Speak or read from scripted materials on radio and television or make announcements over public-address systems and sporting or public events. 

Illustrative examples: Radio disk jockey, talk show host, game show host, ringmaster, emcee

Architects, SOC 17-1010.  Plan and design structures, including private residencies and office buildings, or plan and design land areas for projects such as parks, airports, and land subdivisions. 

Illustrative examples: Structural architect, building architect, landscape designer, golf course designer

Fine artists, art directors, and animators, SOC 27-1010.  Includes art directors; craft artists; fine artists such as painters and sculptors; multimedia artists and animators; and related artists such as calligraphers and tattoo artists.

Dancers and choreographers, SOC 27-2030.  Perform dance on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for video recording; Create new dance routines, rehearse dance performances, and direct and stage presentations.

Illustrative examples: Tap dancer, ballerina, dance artist, dance director, dance master

Designers, SOC 27-1020.  Includes commercial and industrial designers; fashion designers; floral designers; graphic designers; interior designers; merchandise displayers; set and exhibit designers; and other designers such as jewelry designers and memorial marker designers.

Other entertainers, SOC-2099. All entertainers, performers, and related workers not listed separately.

Illustrative examples: Clown, magician, comedian

Musicians, singers, and related workers, SOC 27-2040. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, conductors, music directors, musicians, and singers.

Photographers, SOC 27-4021.  Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects using digital and film cameras and equipment.  May develop film negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints.

Illustrative examples: Wedding photographer, medical photographer, marine photographer

Producers and directors, SOC 27-2012.  Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction.

Illustrative examples: Casting director, stage manager, independent film maker

Writers and authors, SOC-27-3043.  Originate and prepare written material, including scripts, stories, and advertising.

Illustrative examples: Playwright, advertising copy writer, television writer