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Occupational group:
Artistic, literary & media occupations

Examples of other job titles: Artists; authors, writers, translators, interpreters; actors; entertainers and presenters; musicians; composers; singers; dancers; choreographers; film editors; production assistants (broadcasting); television producers; theatrical agents; photographers.

Employment Trend (?)

Employment trend

Summary for this occupation from job seekers' perspective

  • Unemployment rate data is not available(?)
  • No skill shortages have been identified(?)
  • Employment growth prospects are above average(?)


The economic recovery is expected to positively impact on the demand for artistic, literary and media skills. In May 2016, there were 1,200 third level graduates (NFQ 7+) who were job-ready artistic, literary, media and design associate professionals. Given that these occupations can contribute significantly in driving innovation across a variety of sectors, they are an important resource for growth. However, augmenting artistic abilities with business and entrepreneurial skills is necessary in order to translate creativity into commercial opportunity within the creative arts sector (e.g. fine art, film industry), as well as other sectors (e.g. product development in manufacturing, sales and marketing etc.). (Note: Unless otherwise stated, these comments are based on the findings published in the National Skills Bulletin 2016).

Employment by
Gender (?)



  • Male
  • Female

Employment by
Education (?)



  • Other
  • 3rd Level Grad

Employment by Age (?)
(Future Retirements Indicator)



  • Below 55
  • 55+

Employment Status (?)
(Self Employment Indicator)



  • Employee
  • Self Employed

Employment Type (?)
(Part-Time Indicator)



  • Full Time
  • Part Time

The analysis was conducted by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS based on the data held in the National Skills Database. Last updated December 2016.