Creative Arts

Are you interested in pursuing a career in creative arts? The federal government needs new talent in a variety of creative fields like photography, writing, graphic design and audiovisual production.

As an interior designer for the Department of State, you can design and decorate embassies. As an exhibits lighting specialist for the Smithsonian Institution, you can determine the look and feel of numerous national art galleries.

Top Agencies with Employees in Creative Arts# of Current Employees
Department of Veterans Affairs333,264
Department of the Army 230,765
Department of the Navy201,543
Department of Homeland Security169,547
Department of the Air Force158,270
Department of Justice112,900
Department of Defense86,662
Department of the Treasury82,556
Department of Agriculture74,465
Department of Health and Human Services65,431

Percentage of Employees in Creative Arts% of Current Employees
Broadcasting Board of Governors66%
Smithsonian Instituion24%
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum21%
National Archives and Records Administration9%
National Transportation Safety Board7%
Federal Election Commission10%

Number of Employees in Creative Arts# of Current Employees
Public Affairs5,447
General Art and Information3,207
Visual Information1,599
Writing and Editing1,132
Technical Writing and Editing1,117
Audiovisual Production1,068
Language Specialist851
Museum Specialist and Technician637
Museum Curator502
Photography416

Top Positions by RegionPercentage
South Atlantic55.8%
Pacific West9.2%
Mountain West6.5%
West South Central5.6%
East North Central5.3%
Mid-Atlantic4.4%
East South Central3.4%
West North Central2.9%
Northeast1.9%
Positions Overseas1.5%
Job Series Codes

You can search USAJOBS.gov using keywords or the job series code, a four-digit number corresponding to a government job category. The most common creative arts job series codes are listed below.

1001: General Arts and Information

1035: Public Affairs

1040: Language Specialist

1071: Audiovisual Production

1082: Writer/Editor

1083: Technical Writer/Editor

1084: Visual Information

Did You Know?

The Department of the Army has over 200,000 creative arts employees for duties such as designing our many personnel uniforms.

Creative arts jobs give you the ability to combine a love of arts and a plethora of other areas of interest, such as history, defense, marketing, or human rights campaigns. No matter your passion, there is a job to fit you in the creative arts field in the federal government.

There are jobs in all regions of the country, but over half of the federal creative arts jobs are in the South Atlantic.


Sample Positions

Job Title: Writer- Editor (1082)
Agency: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command
Salary Range: $103,842 to $158,793 / per year
Location(s): Redstone Arsenal, AL

As a Writer- Editor, you will:

  • Serve as the Writer-Editor (Speechwriter) for the Commanding General, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, and provide editorial support for the command.
  • Review all written material for the organization for editorial quality, consistency, and compliance with established style, format, and content to ensure that products adhere to government style and format requirements.
  • Edit and write other material, including Congressional testimony on the agency position on matters before Congress, and correspondence to the Secretary of the Army, Secretariat, and members of Congress.

Job Title: Visual Information Specialist (1084)
Agency: Department of Interior, National Park Service
Salary Range: $40,684 to $52,893 / per year
Location(s): Seneca Falls, NY 

As a Visual Information Specialist, you will: 

  • Support content maintenance and development of the park’s web pages and social media sites focusing on topics which include women’s suffrage, human rights, civil rights, natural and historic features, and cultural history of the region.
  • Create printed materials such as brochures, pamphlets, and posters and provides visual and audio production services to park divisions using nationally established guidelines and industry standards.
  • Provide current and accurate information for both formal and informal interpretation to visitors on tours and at the visitor center desk, other park locations, and at off-site locations and assists with, and supports, interpretive projects and special events.