Craft Artists (27-1012)

Occupation description:  Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 3534 -2.90 11
United States 10,60010,600 0.610 200200

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 19.809.7612.38 16.8024.2134.45

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
5410 18.536.2 31.9
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation18
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation11
UI claimants previously working in occupation5
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 79
Number of job position postings 6
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 13.2

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: No formal educational credential Work experience: None On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
Calypso Farm & Ecology Center   (Ester)
Basic Blacksmithing Tools: Forging Tongs
Basic Blacksmithing Tools: Tool steel - Chisel and Punch
Begining Spinning
Blacksmithing – Forging Handles – Twisting and Bending
Blacksmithing Overview and Forging Hooks: Drawing out
Blacksmithing, Forging Fire Forks: Chiseling and drawing out
Blacksmithing, Forging Spoons: Upsetting and Swaging
Dried Flowers and Wreath Making
Explore Cut Flowers
Fleece to Finish
Intermediate Spinning
Natural Dyeing from the Garden
Needle Felting
Viking Knife: Tool Steel - Create Blades and Sharpen
Wet Felting
Wool Dyeing Techniques

 Degree
School of Integrating Shaitsu Alaska   (Fairbanks)
Sacred Art of Drum Making

 Degree
Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center   (Igiugig)
Kuspak Making
Sewing Fur Hats
Sewing Fur Mittens

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Nome Coast Art OEC
Northwest Coast Art OEC

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Jewelry Design and Repair Technician