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Online Career Center Job Statistics

CAA’s Online Career Center, the major database for job classifieds in the academic art world, is also an indicator of professional trends in the visual arts. As anticipated in this economic downturn, job postings decreased for full-time positions from CAA’s fiscal year 2008 (July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008) to fiscal year 2009 (July 1, 2008–June 30, 2009).

In addition, indicators from the US Department of Education and the American Association of University Professors show an increase in contingent faculty (e.g., part-time or adjunct positions). CAA, however, is not able to keep statistics on contingent faculty since most hires are made locally and not posted nationally on the Online Career Center.

General Jobs Statistics

Overall, the Online Career Center posted 1,263 jobs in FY 2009, down from 1,757 in FY 2008. A total of 643 jobs have appeared in the first six months of the current fiscal year (July 1–December 31, 2009).

In the charts below, please keep in mind that each job can be posted to multiple categories, so there is not a one-to-one relationship between job and category. Also, the category “Any” is for employers that are looking for someone to teach a broad range of classes.

The ten most frequent postings by specialty for studio art and art history in fiscal year 2009 are used as the baseline in the following four charts:

Studio Art FY09 FY08
Any 629 1,005
Graphic/Industrial/Object 185 246
Digital/Media/Animation 150 220
Drawing/Printmaking/Paper 96 130
Sculpture/Installation/Environmental Art 92 99
Ceramics/Metals/Fiber 89 92
Photography 85 143
Art Education 73 90
Film/Video 70 89
Foundations 59 90

The above statistics represent a 30.7 percent decline in the number of positions posted in studio art.

Art History FY09 FY08
Any 445 561
Contemporary Art 101 107
Twentieth-Century Art 79 89
General Art History 77 110
Renaissance/Baroque Art 60 64
Japanese/Korean Art 56 39
Nineteenth-Century Art 52 61
Chinese Art 49 39
South/Southeast Asian Art 45 47
Art of the United States 35 49

The above statistics represent a 14.3 percent decline in the number of positions posted in art history.

A comparison of the top-ten specializations posted in last six months (July 1–December 31, 2009) to the same period in 2008 demonstrates an overall decline of 28.9 percent in studio-art job postings.

Studio Art 2009 2008
Any 320 524
Graphic/Industrial/Object 109 124
Digital/Media/Animation 80 112
Drawing/Printmaking/Paper 45 74
Sculpture/Installation/Environmental Art  72 32
Ceramics/Metals/Fiber 42 69
Photography  50 63
Art Education 33 56
Film/Video 39 55
Foundations 31 46

Similarly, job postings in art history has seen an overall decline of 36.9.

Art History 2009 2008
Any 234 329
Contemporary Art 34 77
Twentieth-Century Art 26 60
General Art History 38 56
Renaissance/Baroque Art 25 46
Japanese/Korean Art 28 47
Nineteenth-Century Art 21 42
Chinese Art 28 41
South/Southeast Asian Art 24 38
Art of the United States 22 24

 

Jobs by States and Provinces

All postings indexed by US state and Canadian province include the following top ten in the two previous fiscal years, and the first six months of the current year.

FY 2008 (July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008)

1. New York 196
2. California 139
3. Pennsylvania 107
4. Texas 100
5. Illinois 99
6. Michigan 87
7. Massachusetts 81
8. Georgia 70
9. Florida 62
10. Ohio 55

FY 2009 (July 1, 2008–June 30, 2009)

1. New York 119
2. California 92
3. Pennsylvania 78
4. Illinois 75
5. Georgia 72
6. Texas 64
7. Massachusetts 62
8. Ohio  58
9. Michigan 55
10. Indiana  33

First half of FY 2010 (July 1–December 31, 2009)

1. New York 66
2. Illinois 50
3. Pennsylvania 42
4. Texas 36
5. California 31
6. Florida 28
7. Georgia and Missouri 27
8. Massachusetts 26
9. Michigan 25
10. Ohio 23

 

2010 CAA Annual Conference in Chicago

As of February 2, 54 employers have indicated they are interviewing at the 2010 Annual Conference in Chicago: 16 booths and 31 tables in the Interview Hall have been rented, and 7 employers have told CAA about plans to interview offsite. Additional employers, which do not always inform CAA of their presence, are expected.

These numbers are similar to those for last year’s conference, when 59 institutions came to Los Angeles. CAA rented 9 booths and 37 tables in the Interview Hall; 13 employers interviewed offsite.

In comparison, at the 2008 Annual Conference in Dallas–Fort Worth—held before the recession had emerged—CAA rented 40 booths and 64 tables in the Interview Hall. Thirty institutions made interview arrangements elsewhere, bringing the total for that year to 134.

That’s a 56 percent drop in the number of institutions between the 2008 and 2009 conferences, and nearly the same decrease (60 percent) when comparing 2008 to the early totals for 2010.

Interviews at the Annual Conference, however, are just one part of Career Services offered by CAA in Chicago. Schools and institutions also meet informally with job seekers in the tables section of the Interview Hall. CAA offers professional-development workshops and roundtable discussions on a variety of career-related topics at the conference, and networking is encouraged in the Student and Emerging Professionals Lounge, which is host to special events throughout the 2010 conference.

Contact

You may request statistical information in other specializations for studio art and art history from Eugenia Lewis, CAA controller.

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