What to do after completing 12th is one of the most common concerns for all the parents and students who are going to be sitting for their 12th boards.

It becomes an even more serious concern for Arts students in India as there are many opportunities awaiting but finding the one that clicks is a tricky task.

If you are an arts student looking to choose a career option, here are 10 best jobs for arts students in India!

  1. Lawyer
  2. Fashion designer
  3. Graphic designer
  4. User experience (UX) designer
  5. Photographer
  6. Animations
  7. Hotel management
  8. Media & journalism
  9. Digital marketing
  10. Government services


Legal assistance is one profile that will never lose job demand. To become a lawyer, you need to first clear an entrance test such as CLAT, LSAT and so on.

Next, a degree in Law takes about 5 years to complete, post which you can choose a field for your practice. The popular options are as follows;

  • Criminal law: This field deals with crimes like domestic violence, murder, or any such felonies.

  • Corporate law: Thie field of law has big corporate companies as clients and corporate lawyers deal with mergers, deal with allegations and so on.

  • Civil litigation law: Lawyers of this field deal with excise law and civil violations.

After serving your tenure as a lawyer, you can proceed to become a Judge as well. The basic starting salary of a lawyer is approximately 3.5 LPA and is subject to increment as you gain experience.

Fashion designer

If you are someone who has a flair for art/ just loves fashion, then this is the career for you.

Fashion changes quicker than the change of seasons, so fashion designer jobs require people who can think out of the box and are always abreast of the color palette and popular demands.

Fashion designing institutes also have separate entrance exams, clearing which your training as a fashion enthusiast will begin.

You can check out Shiksha.com for all the important dates and requirements for qualifying the entrance exams.

The starting salary of a fashion designer ranges between 3-8 LPA based on talent and exposure.

Graphic designer

Graphic designer jobs are another field with high demand in the job market. A graphic designer's job requires both creative and technical skills as their primary tasks include creating brochures, logos, websites, etc.

In order to become a graphic designer, you need to clear an entrance test like NID Entrance exam, Pearl Academy entrance exam, or IIAD Entrance exam.

After graduating, you can choose from the following spectrum of graphic designing;

  • Marketing & advertising graphic design
  • Visual identity graphic design
  • User interface graphic design
  • Publication graphic design
  • Art & illustration
  • Motion graphic design
  • Packaging graphic design
  • Environmental graphic design

The average starting salary of a graphic designer in India is 2 LPA and increases depending on the skills and experience.

User experience (UX) designer

As stated above, one of the most popular career options amongst graphic designers is a UX designer job.

The tasks of a UX designer include performing usability testing, collaborating with the product team and clients, and also curating wireframes and sitemaps.

In addition to these tasks, a UX designer researches, creates sketches, and prototypes digital product experiences as per user experience requirements.

The average starting salary of a UX designer is approximately 5 LPA.


If you love the art of photography, then a photography job is your calling. You can enroll in colleges with popular filmmaking courses as they provide training and knowledge of handling a camera.

You can start working as an intern under professional photographers to gain experience.

A photographer's average annual salary is 3 LPA and can go up to 6.5 LPA.


Content creators have the job market by storm, and the most in-demand ones are the visual content creator jobs.

Whether the gaming industry or films, VFX, Animators, illustrators, etc. animator jobs are always in high demand.

In order to become one, you can enroll in a BA in Animation & Multimedia or BSc in Animation which is a 3-year course.

The basic average salary of a beginner Animator is 5.7 LPA.

Hotel management

If you are someone who is intrigued by hotel experiences or just loves cooking and wants to make a career out of it? Then Hotel management is the career option for you.

The major requirements for the field are to have good communication skills and a good personality because hotel management requires a lot of client-facing roles and how you present yourself and communicate with the guests reflects the brand's image.
A hotel management course has both Undergrad and Postgrad courses, for further information you can check out Shiksha.com.

The starting salary in hotel management is approximately between 3-5 LPA which only increases with experience and knowledge. You can find your dream hotel management job on Naukri.com.

Media & journalism

If you love writing and telling informative stories, then Journalism is your calling. Journalism can be of two types, you can either be a news representator or be a reporter who writes for mediums like magazines, newspaper, internet etc.

To become a journalist, you can either have a degree in English or enroll in a journalism & mass communication degree.

The starting salary for a fresher in the field is approximately 2-4 LPA.

Digital marketing

With digital space gaining prominence, businesses are looking for professionals who can help brands reach their target audience. These professionals are called digital marketers.

Digital marketing can be of various types, email marketing, content marketing, social media marketing etc. You can enroll in any course and then move on to either an MBA degree with specialization in digital marketing or any other digital marketing course.

You can find out more about it on Naukri Learning.

On average, the fresher salary of a digital marketer is 3.5 LPA which increases as per experience and how well you upskill yourself.

Government services

Government services such as the Civil services are one of the most popular options amongst Arts students.

Considered one of the toughest exams to crack, you need to have a thorough knowledge of not just your undergrad and postgrad Honours subjects but also your school subjects.

You will find other important information on the UPSC official website. The starting salary of a Civil servant is 6 LPA along with other benefits.

Hope you find these suggestions of the best jobs for arts students useful. Find your calling first instead of following herd mentality as the will to perform better naturally increases when you make your passion into a career.

All the Best!

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