Creativity is rapidly becoming one of the United States' greatest
assets and exports. Creative careers that relate to Industrial Design,
Marketing, Advertising, Architecture, Fashion, Graphic Design, Fine
Arts among many others are beginning to drive a significant portion
of our nation's economy. Between 1900 and 1950, creative careers
made up 5% of jobs within the United States.
Between 1950 and 1980 that number rose to 10%. That number has increased
since 1980. Creative careers are one of the fastest growing segments
of the U.S. economy, now making up 30% of the American workforce
(some 40 million people), and contributing nearly two trillion dollars
to our nation#s economy.
- Richard Florida, The Rise of the Creative Class