Pam’s love and talent for art is integral to her character, and something we see throughout the entire run of “The Office.” She certainly has the talent to be an artist, and she’s great at working with people. This makes us believe she would have been a great art teacher.
Pursuing art as a full-time job is challenging and rarely lucrative. The latest job forecast from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) isn’t very promising for fine artists, but as a high school art teacher, Pam could have utilized her interests and skills in a more stable job while working on her own creative projects on the side.
In Season 4, Episode 17, Pam returns to her own high school art classroom when Dunder Mifflin attends her alma mater for a job fair. It certainly would have been special to see Pam taking up the reins as art teacher at her former high school, inspiring a new generation of creatives. According to BLS job data, high school teachers have a better chance at finding a job than artists. Pam could have had the best of both worlds.
While we’re happy Pam found happiness in her marriage and motherhood, we wish we could have seen her art career flourish even further.