Artisans and Craftspersons

(NOC 5244)

in All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

This group includes those who use manual and artistic skills to design and make handcrafted objects, both functional and decorative. Makers of musical instruments are also included in this group. Most craftspersons are self-employed. Artistic floral arrangers are usually employed in florist shops and floral departments of retail establishments, or may be self-employed. Craft instructors are also included in this group and are employed by artisan guilds, colleges, private studios and recreational organizations.

Job Outlook

Limited

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 15 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 735 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. However, jobseekers may face some competition for those positions. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment (yet overall job prospects are still considered limited). With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Artisans and Craftspersons may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 43% of Artisans and Craftspersons who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $13,443. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5

Minimum

$7,528

Median

$34,875

Maximum

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Hourly Pay

$10.81

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$31.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$945

Minimum

$11,712

Median

$60,447

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

This group includes those who use manual and artistic skills to design and make handcrafted objects, both functional and decorative. Makers of musical instruments are also included in this group. Most craftspersons are self-employed. Artistic floral arrangers are usually employed in florist shops and floral departments of retail establishments, or may be self-employed. Craft instructors are also included in this group and are employed by artisan guilds, colleges, private studios and recreational organizations.

Job duties

The following is a summary of main duties for some jobs in this group:

  • Carvers use hand tools and woodworking machines to produce carvings from wood, stone and other materials and to carve ornamental designs into wooden furniture and other objects.
  • Glass blowers design and create glass objects using blowpipes and artisan's hand tools and equipment.
  • Metal arts workers design metal jewellery, utensils, implements, wall hangings and other objects and create them from gold, silver, copper, pewter and other metals.
  • Potters design ornamental and ceramic functional earthenware pieces and create them using clay, moulds, potter's wheels and other equipment, glazing materials and kilns.
  • Stained glass artists design stained glass windows, lampshades and other objects and cut, paint, fire and assemble pieces of stained glass to create such products.
  • Instrument makers construct instruments applying their knowledge of wood, ebonite, metal properties and other materials and instrument design using hand and power tools.
  • Weavers use hands or loom to interlace strips of flexible material such as wool, cotton, silk, grasses, bark and rawhide to make baskets, wreaths, wall hangings, clothing, rugs, blankets and other objects.
  • Craft instructors prepare craftmaking lessons, gather the required working materials and demonstrate and teach craftmaking techniques.
  • Artistic floral arrangers design bouquets, corsages, sprays, wreaths and other floral arrangements and select natural and artificial flowers, foliage and decorative accessories to create arrangements or other floral items to suit customers' requirements.

Sample job titles

  • artisan
  • artistic floral arranger
  • craft instructor (except education)
  • craftsperson
  • floral designer
  • musical instrument maker - artisan
  • potter
  • screen printing artisan
  • weaver - arts and crafts
  • woodcarver

Skills

To work in this field, you need creativity, imagination, and artistic ability. You should be able to visualize a finished piece of work from a sketch or a brief description. Self-discipline in meeting deadlines and a good business sense are also very important. Computer design and production skills may also be important.

Job requirements

  • Skills are often learned through apprenticeship with a master craftsperson.
  • A college diploma in fine craft techniques may be required.

Other considerations

Creative ability and talent, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, and knowledge of safe handling of material, tools, and equipment are required. Training programs are offered by artisan guilds, colleges and private studios.

By the numbers

Quick look

515

employed in 2016

61.5%

employed full-time

65.0%

self employed

66.7%
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33.3%
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55.7

median age

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

11,000

employed in 2016

59.4%

employed full-time

33.3%

self employed

55.6%
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44.4%
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38.2

median age

Where will I likely work?

42.0%

Halifax

16.7%

Southern

15.9%

Cape Breton

15.2%

Northern

10.1%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

35.3%

Retail Trade

18.6%

Information, Culture & Recreation

12.7%

Textiles, Furniture and Other Manufacturing

6.9%

Manufactured Mineral Products

5.9%

Health Care and Social Assistance

What is the age of Employment?

23.7%

35-44

23.7%

55-64

18.4%

65+

18.4%

45-54

10.5%

25-34

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

43.8%

35-44

35.4%

45-54

12.5%

25-34

8.3%

55-64

4.2%

65+

Top levels of education

32.7%

High school

$6,589 median annual income
25.7%

Bachelor's degree

$27,648 median annual income
15.9%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
8.0%

Less than high school

N/A
8.0%

Trades certificate

N/A

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

27.5%

Bachelor's degree

$19,705 median annual income
26.2%

High school

$7,127 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$20,158 median annual income
10.2%

Less than high school

$2,298 median annual income
8.0%

Master's degree

N/A

Education & training

Ceramic arts and ceramics

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by producing art works out of clay and similar materials. These programs include courses in hand-built and wheel-thrown techniques; moulding; slips and glazes; trimming and decorating; firing and kiln operation; oxidation; mixed media; ceramic murals; and personal style development.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Fibre, textile and weaving arts

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by constructing art works from woven or non-woven fabrics and fibrous materials. These programs include courses in weaving techniques and loom operation; non-woven techniques such as knitting, coiling, netting, and crocheting; quilting; dyeing and pigmentation; printing and other finishing techniques; pattern design; tapestry; and personal style development.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Metal and jewellery arts

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by fashioning art works from gems, other stones, and precious metals. These programs include courses in gemology; metalsmithing and finishing; stone cutting and polishing; metal and non-metal casting and moulding; electroforming; metal colouring; enamelling; photo etching; lapidary technique and art; design concepts; and personal style development.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
Tel: (902) 423-3837
Fax: (902) 422-0881

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