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:
The above statistics represent a 30.7 percent decline in the number of positions posted in studio art.
|General Art History||77||110|
|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.
Similarly, job postings in art history has seen an overall decline of 36.9.
|General Art History||38||56|
|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|
FY 2009 (July 1, 2008–June 30, 2009)
|1. New York||119|
First half of FY 2010 (July 1–December 31, 2009)
|1. New York||66|
|7. Georgia and Missouri||27|
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.
You may request statistical information in other specializations for studio art and art history from Eugenia Lewis, CAA controller.