Careers that are Great for Creative People

Careers for Creative People

Check out these careers where your imagination and creativity could have free reign.

By Amanda Hearle
Last updated on 8/11/2014

Does the idea of sitting in a row of cubicles and staring at spreadsheets all day sound horrifying? If you're someone who needs a creative and artistic environment to thrive in, consider finding a career that could give your imagination the outlet it's looking for.

There are actually more opportunities for artistically minded people than you might think. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Winter 2013-14 "Occupational Outlook Quarterly" report, the fields of art, design, media, sports, and entertainment are projected to add 181,000 new jobs between 2012 and 2022.

So what classifies a job as artistic or creative?

"Artistic types enjoy jobs that require originality and creative thinking," says Laurence Shatkin, career expert and author of "50 Best Jobs for Your Personality." "They tend to do better in environments that aren't so hierarchical or structure oriented - places where they're valued for the artistic abilities they bring to the job."

Does this sound like you? If so, keep reading to discover some careers that could help you thrive creatively.

Creative Career #1 - Graphic Designer

Ever wonder who's responsible for creating iconic logos like the Nike swoosh or the McDonald's arch? They're called graphic designers, and they use their imaginations and artistic abilities to dream up images that will make a lasting impression.

As a graphic designer, you could find yourself collaborating with companies to create logos or website layouts, says the U.S. Department of Labor. Ultimately, graphic designers create visual concepts to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers.

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Education options: Graphic designers are usually required to have a bachelor's degree in graphic design, or in a related subject, according to the Department of Labor. Those with a bachelor's in another subject may pursue "technical training in graphic design to meet most hiring qualifications." Many graphic design programs provide students with the opportunity to build a professional portfolio of their work - and a good portfolio is often the deciding factor in getting a job, the Department adds.

If you think this career is a great match for your creative personality, but are afraid you won't have the time to prepare for it, fret not. According to, a comprehensive research site for students interested in online degrees and courses, there are awesome art degrees you could earn online, including a bachelor's degree in graphic design.

Creative Career #2 - Elementary School Teacher

Remember the person who first introduced you to your favorite artist, musician, or author? If someone helped ignite your artistic passions, and you want to do the same for others, consider a career as an elementary school teacher who specializes in art.

Some elementary school teachers explain basic subjects, such as math and reading, while others specialize in classes like art, music, and physical education, says the U.S. Department of Labor. But regardless of the subject they specialize in, these professionals plan lessons, and assess students' abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.

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Education options: According to the Department of Labor, public elementary school teachers are required to have at least a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a teaching license. They may also be required to have a concentration in the specific area they want to teach.

Creative Career #3 - Advertising Manager

Do you have a desire to work on complex creative projects that require collaboration with different creative voices? If you enjoy the idea of calling the shots on a major creative project, you might want to look into a career as an advertising manager.

As an advertising manager, you could work alongside art directors, sales agents, and others to design advertising campaigns for different companies and products, says the U.S. Department of Labor. Your job could include creating advertising for radio, television, billboards, and websites.

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Education options: A bachelor's degree is required for most advertising management positions. Some employers prefer a degree in advertising or journalism. Relevant courses could include marketing, consumer behavior, market research, sales, communication methods, and more, according to the Department of Labor.

Creative Career #4 - Fashion Designer

Are you someone who thinks that clothing isn't just something you wear - it's a functional piece of art? If every day is a runway day in your world, then maybe it's time to put your keen sense of dress to the test and prep to pursue a career in fashion design.

As a fashion designer, you could study fashion trends and create sketches for your own clothing line, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Once you have your designs, you could start selecting the different fabrics, buckles, and other bits to help bring your artistic visions to life.

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Education options: "Most fashion designers have a bachelor's degree in a related field, such as fashion design or fashion merchandising," says the U.S. Department of Labor.

Creative Career #5 - Copywriter

Ever hear a catchy slogan or advertising jingle that you can't seem to get out of your head? As a copywriter, you could use your way with words to create the next slogan that everyone can't stop thinking about.

Copywriters design advertisements to promote sales of goods and services, and they do so by working closely with a client to produce advertising themes, jingles, slogans, or whatever else the client needs for their advertising campaign, says the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Education options: Because this job requires such strong writing abilities, many employers are looking for people with a bachelor's degree in a field like English, journalism, or communications, says the Department of Labor.

Creative Career #6 - Chef

Maybe you're an artist who prefers painting with chocolate sauce instead of watercolors. If you think of every meal as a culinary masterpiece, you might want to consider a career as a chef.

Chefs are the ones who typically call the creative shots in the kitchen: ordering ingredients, creating recipes, setting the menu, and deciding on the best way to present the food, says the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Education options: Most chefs gain their skills through work experience, but a growing number of chefs also attend formal culinary programs at community colleges, technical schools, or culinary arts academies, says the Department of Labor.

Chloe West also contributed to this article by updating the information on 8/5/2014

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