What kind of training does an airbrush artist need?
Airbrush artists typically need at least a high school diploma or GED. Most employers prefer candidates that have experience in the field of airbrushing. Many airbrush artists learn their skills through on the job training. Some complete courses in photography, film processing, and other related areas from colleges and universities, vocational and technical schools, community colleges, and private trade schools. Most employers provide intensive on the job training where new artists learn the procedures, policies, and expectations of the employer and learn how to use the machines and equipment. Airbrush artists must stay up to date on the current advancements in the field and constantly update their skills. They often participate in training seminars and attend workshops and conferences.
What are the prospects for a career as an airbrush artist?
Employment of airbrush artists is expected to decline rapidly, decreasing 45% from 2006 to 2016 (1). The advancement of technology will drive employment decline.
Job prospects are expected to be fair. Airbrush artists that have advanced training and extensive experience as well as experience working with digital technology will have the best job opportunities.
How much do airbrush artists make?
As of November 2009, the average annual salary for airbrush artists is $27,000; average annual airbrush artist salaries vary greatly on location, industry, company, education, experience, and benefits (2).
A career as an airbrush artist is a great choice for people with a strong interest in editing a variety of photographs using airbrush techniques. Airbrush artists must have manual dexterity, good color perception, good vision, and excellent eye-hand coordination. They must be detail oriented with excellent creative and artistic skills. They must have an open mind and be able to perform a variety of repetitive and unique tasks. Airbrush artists must be patient and be able to effectively work independently as well as part of a team. They must be able to work under stress and pressure to meet strict deadlines.