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Visual Artists

Descriptions & Duties

  • Visual Artists create original works of art by sculpting, painting, drawing, creating cartoons, engraving, or using other materials and techniques.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Trade Specific Competencies

Artistic ability

Visual Artists create artwork and other objects that are visually appealing. This usually requires significant skills in creating artwork.


Visual Artists must have active imaginations to develop new and original ideas for their work.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • generally take classes or earn a bachelor's or master's degree in fine arts, which can improve their skills and job prospects

Career Path & Salary

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 3-13

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 14-27

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 28-33

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 34-39

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 40-44

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Visual Artists are employed by motion picture and video production companies, by schools, or by publishers of periodicals. They may work for advertising companies and public relations firms. They generally work in office buildings, warehouses, or studios. They may work additional hours to meet deadlines.


  • Angle grinder
  • Encaustic scrapers
  • Clay cutters; Sculpting thumbs; Sculpting tools
  • Cutting machine
  • Fountain pens
  • Electric kilns; Gas kilns; Pottery kilns; Raku kilns
  • Masks or accessories
  • Paint sprayers
  • Palette knives
  • Palettes for paint or ink mixing
  • Pneumatic hammer
  • Electric potters wheels; Kick wheels
  • Power sanders
  • Protective gloves
  • Rock cutters
  • Protective safety glasses
  • Sharpening stones or tools or kits
  • Spatulas
  • Tile cutter
  • Welding facial shields

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