Sculptor

Sculptors use various methods and instruments to design construct and carve original works of art from materials such as plaster wood stone concrete metal clay wax and plastic. To accomplish their work they sometimes use power tools andor hand tools such as mallets chisels and gouges. Most sculptors are considered to be artists because the objects they create which can be either realistic or abstract convey ideas thoughts and feelings. Although there are no set formal educational requirements for this profession most sculptors have postsecondary training in art or design and often have bachelor’s degrees. Those earning degrees take courses not only in studio art but also in subjects such as English and the sciences. Some serve in internships to develop their skills. According to the website www.mypursuit.com sculptors can be employed by firms where they often start out doing routine tasks and working alongside those with more experience until they can hone their skills sufficiently to develop a portfolio of work that showcases their own artistic identity. However sculptors can also work on a freelance basis whereby they have contracts to develop specific works or art. In some cases sculptors serve in teaching roles at colleges and universities. According to the website www.mypursuit.com sculptors earn an average salary of approximately $41000 a year. However some earn as little as $18000 a year while others earn close to $80000 a year. For sculptors who are self-employed salary information is not readily available but their earnings are likely to vary widely depending on their experience reputation and the number of contracts they can attract.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $49000
High Salary: $80000
Low Salary: $18000
Tasks: Designs and constructs sculptures.
Uses a combination of artistic mediums.
Creates free-standing pieces of art.
Develops specific artistic techniques.
Also Called: Artist
Designer
Fine Artist
Commercial Artist
Additional Resources: http://dot-job-descriptions.careerplanner.com/SCULPTOR.cfm
http://www.mypursuit.com/careers-99-0069.00/Sculptor.html
http://www.myplan.com/careers/fine-artists-painters-sculptors-and-illustrators/description-27-1013.00.html