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Artisans and Craftspersons

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NOC:5244
Occupation:Artisans and Craftspersons
Category:Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

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.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Limited

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)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Artisans and Craftspersons515Moderate growth15High
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $5
Median: $7,528
Maximum: $34,875
Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport11,000Moderate growth735Moderate
Minimum: $10.81
Median: $16.00
Maximum: $31.00
Minimum: $945
Median: $11,712
Maximum: $60,447
Artisans and CraftspersonsCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
Percent employed full-time61%59%
Percent self-employed31%33%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentArtisans and CraftspersonsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern17%x12%$30,581
Northern15%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton16%$9,17413%$32,974
Halifax42%$16,01147%$41,209
Annapolis Valley10%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeArtisans and CraftspersonsCompared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
15-24xN/A
25-3411%13%
35-4424%44%
45-5418%35%
55-6424%8%
65+18%4%
Median Age5638
GenderArtisans and CraftspersonsCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
Female67%56%
Male33%44%
EducationArtisans and CraftspersonsCompared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school8.0%x10.2%$2,298
High school32.7%$6,58926.2%$7,127
Trades certificate8.0%x3.6%$13,575
College certificate or diploma15.9%x20.3%$20,158
University certificate or diploma3.5%x1.7%$20,801
Bachelor's degree25.7%$27,64827.5%$19,705
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax1.5%$18,274
Master's degree1.8%x8.0%x
Doctorate4.4%x1.0%$30,975
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%$11,741
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
Tel: (902) 423-3837
Fax: (902) 422-0881
office@nsdcc.ns.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Ceramic arts and ceramics
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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NSCAD University
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J6
(902) 444-9600
admissions@nscad.ca
Program Name:Fibre, textile and weaving arts
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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NSCAD University
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J6
(902) 444-9600
admissions@nscad.ca
Program Name:Metal and jewellery arts
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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NSCAD University
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J6
(902) 444-9600
admissions@nscad.ca
Additional resources:

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