• DID YOU KNOW?

    * 1.25 million Americans work in the visual arts.

    * One in 111 jobs is in art and design.

    * The economic impact of art and design exceeds that of sports worldwide.

    * The creative industries are an estimated $30 billion export annually.

    * Jobs in design have increased 43% in the past ten years.

    * Yearly sales of art reach an estimated $10 billion in the United States alone.

    * There are over 532,000 designers working in the U.S.

    * More people are employed in the visual arts than in all of the performing arts and sports industries combined.

    * 200,000 people are employed in the film industry.

    * People spend approximately $55 billion annually on video games.

    * The computer animation industry generates $33 billion annually.

    * Jobs and employment in many creative industries are growing faster than the labor force as a whole and make up 30% of the work force by some estimates.

    * America’s nonprofit arts industry generates $134 billion in economic activity every year.

    * By 2016, jobs for artists and designers are predicted to increase by 42%.

    * Arts-related businesses in the country's largest cities represent 4.3% of all businesses and 2.2% of all jobs in the United States.

    * There are 3 million people working for over 600,000 arts-centric businesses in the United States.

    * Employment growth by arts-centric businesses since 2007 was 12%, more than four times the rise in the total number of U.S. employees.

    * Designers are the single largest group of artists, followed by performing artists such as actors, dancers, musicians, and announcers.

    * Employment of interior designers is expected to grow 19% from 2006 to 2016.

    * Median salaries of: Creative Directors–$90,000, Art Directors–$86,505, Fine Artists–$48,870, Multi-media Artists and Animators–$61,555, Graphic Designers–$46,925, Set and Exhibit Designers–$49,330, Producers and Directors–$86,790, Broadcast Technicians–$40,270, Photographers–$36,090, and Film and Video Editors–$66,715.

    * Wage and salary employment in the motion picture and video industries is projected to grow 11% by 2016.