Illustration

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017
2,262
declining 2.84%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$6,670
declining 23%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$35,910
growing 2.49%
Average Wage
$58,627
growing 2.69%
People in Workforce
2.15M
growing 5.42%
Average Employee Age
41
growing 0.514%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Illustration degree recipients are New York, NY, Savannah, GA, and San Francisco, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of Illustration degree recipients are Cedar Park, TX, Wilmington, DE, and Sarasota, FL. The most common degree awarded to students studying Illustration is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Illustration and the types of students that study this field. Savannah College of Art and Design awards the most degrees in Illustration in the US, but American Academy of Art and Ringling College of Art and Design have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Illustration.

Tuition costs for Illustration majors are, on average, $6,670 for in-state public colleges, and $35,910 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Illustration programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (45 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (1,406 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Illustration

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Illustration, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (1,406 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Illustration programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,670
Median In-State Public
$35,910
Median Out of State Private

Savannah College of Art and Design has the most Illustration degree recipients, with 263 degrees awarded in 2017.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Illustration.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Illustration programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, American Academy of Art and Ringling College of Art and Design have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Illustration, with 45.5% and 35%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Illustration

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Illustration by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Illustration.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Visual & Performing Arts graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Visual & Performing Arts majors is $58,627 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Graphic designers, and Postsecondary teachers.

The industry that employs the most Visual & Performing Arts majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$58,627
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,024
2.69%
1 Year Growth
± 2.43%

The average salary for Visual & Performing Arts majors is $58,627 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Graphic designers, and Postsecondary teachers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Visual & Performing Arts majors.

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Visual & Performing Arts majors, by number of employees, are Elementary & middle school teachers, Graphic designers, and Postsecondary teachers.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Visual & Performing Arts majors working as Graphic designers, Commercial and industrial designers, and Interior designers.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Visual & Performing Arts majors are Physicians, Nurse anesthetists, and Chief executives & legislators.

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Occupations by Share

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2.15M
2018 Workforce
± 35,763
5.42%
1 Year Growth
± 2.26%

The number of Visual & Performing Arts graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 5.42%, from 2.04M in 2017 to 2.15M in 2018.

The largest single share of Visual & Performing Arts graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (5.38%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Visual & Performing Arts by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Illustration is from the 2 Digit Course Visual & Performing Arts.
2.15M
2018 Workforce
± 35,763
5.42%
1 Year Growth
± 2.26%

The number of Visual & Performing Arts graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 5.42%, from 2.04M in 2017 to 2.15M in 2018.

The industry which employs the most Visual & Performing Arts graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Visual & Performing Arts.

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Specialty Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Visual & Performing Arts majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Visual & Performing Arts in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Visual & Performing Arts is 41, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Visual & Performing Arts degrees, and White students earn the majority (1,183) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

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41
Average Age in 2018
± 0.219 Years
0.514%
1 Year Change
± 0.765%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Visual & Performing Arts. The most common ages of employees with this major are 28 and 27 years old, which represent 3.73% and 3.48% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Illustration are Bachelors Degree, Associates Degree, and Masters Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Visual & Performing Arts are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (70.5%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Illustration.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,183 degrees awarded
  2. Non-resident Alien
    279 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    250 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Illustration for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Female
    724 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  2. White Male
    298 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  3. Asian Female
    175 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Illustration. White Female students, who earn most of the degree-grads_ethnicity_genders in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Korea
    23,589 degree recipients
  2. Mexico
    22,675 degree recipients
  3. China
    15,823 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Singapore
    5.4 times more than expected
  2. Bulgaria
    5.37 times more than expected
  3. Malaysia
    4.23 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Singapore that hold Visual & Performing Arts degrees (5.4 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Korea (23,589 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Illustration field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Illustration majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Illustration majors need more than the average amount of Equipment Selection, Installation, and Troubleshooting.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Illustration majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Equipment Selection is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Coordination, and Critical Thinking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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