Artisans and craftspersons

Artisans and craftspersons

NOC
5244

Use artistic and manual skills to design and make objects that may be functional, ornamental or communicative. This occupational group includes makers of musical instruments and craft instructors.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

46
 

Median Hourly Wage

$12.19
$11.50
Low
$15.81
High

Median Salary

$8,095
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

275
 

% Working Full Time

75%
 

% Working Full Year

67%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

This unit group includes those who use manual and artistic skills to design and make ornamental objects, pottery, stained glass, jewellery, rugs, blankets, other handicrafts and artistic floral arrangements. Makers of musical instruments are also included in this unit group. Most craftspersons are self-employed. Artistic floral arrangers are usually employed in florist shops and floral departments of retail establishments, or may be self-employed.

Main Duties

The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:

  • Carvers use hand tools and woodworking machines to produce carvings from wood, stone and other materials and to carve ornamental designs into wooden furniture and other objects.
  • Glass blowers design and create glass objects using blowpipes and artisan's hand tools and equipment.
  • Metal arts workers design metal jewellery, utensils, implements, wall hangings and other objects and create them from gold, silver, copper, pewter and other metals.
  • Potters design ornamental and ceramic functional earthenware pieces and create them using clay, moulds, potter's wheels and other equipment, glazing materials and kilns.
  • Stained glass artists design stained glass windows, lampshades and other objects and cut, paint, fire and assemble pieces of stained glass to create such products.
  • Instrument makers construct instruments by applying their knowledge of wood, ebonite, metal properties and other materials and instrument design using hand and power tools.
  • Weavers use hands or loom to interlace strips of flexible material such as wool, cotton, silk, grasses, bark and rawhide to make baskets, wreaths, wall hangings, clothing, rugs, blankets and other objects.
  • Craft instructors prepare craftmaking lessons, gather the required working materials and demonstrate and teach craftmaking techniques.
  • Artistic floral arrangers design bouquets, corsages, sprays, wreaths and other floral arrangements and select natural and artificial flowers, foliage and decorative accessories to create arrangements or other floral items to suit customers' requirements.

Also Known As

  • artistic floral arranger
  • carver
  • craft instructor (except education)
  • craftsperson
  • glass blower
  • lace weaver - arts and crafts
  • leather worker
  • metal arts worker
  • potter
  • screen printing artisan
  • silversmith
  • stained glass artist
  • stringed instrument maker
  • totem pole carver
  • weaver - arts and crafts
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Skills are often learned through apprenticeship with a master craftsperson.
  • Training programs are offered by artisan guilds, colleges and private studios.
  • Creative ability and talent, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, and knowledge of safe handling of material, tools and equipment are required.
  • A college diploma in fine craft techniques may be required.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

57.9%
Female
42.1%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

6.0%
15-24
10.0%
25-34
18.0%
35-44
30.0%
45-54
22.0%
55-64
14.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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9.8%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
25.5%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
9.8%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
35.3%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
19.6%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

47.9%
Manufacturing
20.8%
Retail trade
10.4%
Professional, scientific and technical services
20.8%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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18.00%
Northeast
22.00%
Southeast
18.00%
Southwest
34.00%
Central
8.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$14,760
Northeast
$11,116
Southeast
$21,496
Southwest
$9,465
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$12.00
$11.50
Low
$15.00
High
No Data Available
No Data Available
No Data Available
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$8,095

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$21,327

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$8,095

Newfoundland

$9,626

Prince Edward Island

$10,990

Nova Scotia

$8,075

Canada

$12,480
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

46
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

51
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

144
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-8
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

157