Medical and Scientific Illustrator

Occupation Information table
Overview: Medical and scientific illustrators draw sketches and construct three dimensional models to explain or illustrate medical research procedures, the anatomy, or plant and animal tissue. Their work is used in publications, exhibits and teaching.
Duties: They draft or develop drawings, paintings, diagrams and models to communicate the desired concept or subject.

They complete illustrations in pen and ink, watercolors or in plaster, wax or plastic for three dimensional models.

Review early proposals of illustrations with responsible medical or scientific authors or teachers who will use the illustrations.

They attend planning meetings to better understand the objects, products or services to be illustrated.

Degree(s): A.S. Art: Concentrations in Art & Design or Art History 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 2% to 4% from 2018 to 2028, which is slightly slower than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $27,000 to $32,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Medical and scientific illustrators should hold an associate or bachelor's degree in fine arts or graduate from accredited schools of art. Specialized training in an art school is crucial in the fields of medicine and science. It is important for new graduates to have a professional portfolio of work to show potential employers.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.