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Career profile Model

Also known as Art Class Model, Art Model, Artist's Model, Fashion Model, Figure Model, Fine Arts Model, Model, Nude Model, Studio Model, Undraped Artist Model


Also known as Art Class Model, Art Model, Artist's Model

Interests Profile
  • Artistic
  • Enterprising
  • Realistic
Pay Range
$24,970 - $124,730 (annual)
Required Skills
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
Knowledge Areas
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Fine Arts
  • Transportation
Core tasks
  • Record rates of pay and durations of jobs on vouchers.
  • Pose for artists and photographers, with or without clothes.
  • Gather information from agents concerning the pay, dates, times, provisions, and lengths of jobs.
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What does a Model do?

Models model garments or other apparel and accessories for prospective buyers at fashion shows, private showings, or retail establishments.

In addition, Models

  • may pose for photos to be used in magazines or advertisements,
  • may pose as subject for paintings, sculptures, and other types of artistic expression.

What kind of tasks does a Model perform regularly?

Models are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:

  • Pose for artists and photographers, with or without clothes.

The above responsibilities are specific to Models. More generally, Models are involved in several broader types of activities:

Performing General Physical Activities
Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling materials.
Thinking Creatively
Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Scheduling Work and Activities
Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Getting Information
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

What is a Model salary?

The median salary for a Model is $31,910, and the average salary is $54,050. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Model salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.

Many Models earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Models earn less than $24,970 per year, 25% earn less than $25,660, 75% earn less than $48,730, and 90% earn less than $124,730.

Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Models is expected to change by 11.1%, and there should be roughly 500 open positions for Models every year.

Median annual salary
Typical salary range
$24,970 - $124,730
Projected growth (2020 - 2030)

What personality traits are common among Models?


Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.

Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Model are usually higher in their Artistic, Enterprising, and Realistic interests.

Models typically have very strong Artistic interests. Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Also, Models typically have strong Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Lastly, Models typically have moderate Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.


People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.

Compared to most people, those working as a Model tend to value Relationships, Recognition, and Working Conditions.

Most importantly, Models strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

Second, Models moderately value Recognition. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious.

Lastly, Models somewhat value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.

Psychological Demands

Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.

In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Models must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, integrity, and cooperation.

Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Models, ranked by importance:

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

What education and training do Models need?

Working as a Model usually requires a high school diploma.

Models need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.

Educational degrees among Models

  • 8.1% did not complete high school or secondary school
  • 29.3% completed high school or secondary school
  • 27.5% completed some college coursework
  • 11.4% earned a Associate's degree
  • 17.3% earned a Bachelor's degree
  • 5.5% earned a Master's degree
  • 0.9% earned a doctorate or professional degree

Knowledge and expertise required by Models

Models may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as customer and personal service, fine arts, or transportation knowledge.

The list below shows several areas in which most Models might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.

Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Fine Arts
Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Communications and Media
Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Important Abilities needed by Models

Models must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.

For example, Models need abilities such as oral comprehension, oral expression, and trunk strength in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Models, ranked by their relative importance.

Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Trunk Strength
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without "giving out" or fatiguing.
Gross Body Coordination
The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
Gross Body Equilibrium
The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.

Critical Skills needed by Models

Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.

Models frequently use skills like social perceptiveness, active listening, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Models, ranked by their relative importance.

Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

What is the source of this information?

The information provided on this page is adapted from data and descriptions published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration under the CC BY 4.0 license. TraitLab has modified some information for ease of use and reading, and the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration has not approved, endorsed, or tested these modifications.

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