Few professional artists are fully employed or practising full-time (discussed in depth in the following section, ‘Artist incomes’), and arts graduates face correspondingly challenging conditions entering the workforce.
According to Graduate Careers Australia, just 48 percent of ‘Visual/Performing arts’ graduates are working full time four months after graduating - a lower proportion than all other fields of education reported in 2013.
The proportion has declined since 2007, when 67 percent of graduates were working full time. As shown in the graph below, the decline has been more marked than that seen for graduates in other fields.
Graduate Careers Australia also ranks ‘Art and Design’ as the 22nd field of education out of 23 in terms of starting salaries, just behind Pharmacy (pre-reg).