Check out these careers where your imagination and creativity could have free reign.
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 2011-12 "Occupational Outlook Quarterly" report, fields like art, design, media, and entertainment are projected to add 343,000 new jobs between 2010 and 2020. That's 343,000 opportunities to find a career that satisfies your creative soul.
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.
Education options: Most companies are looking to hire graphic designers who have a bachelor's degree in graphic design, according to the Department of Labor. 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.
Creative Career #2 - Elementary Art 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.
Through teaching a specific subject like art, you could have the freedom to design lessons that engage your students' minds in new and creative ways. Elementary school teachers also work with students one-on-one or in groups to help assess their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses, says the U.S. Department of Labor.
Education options: According to the Department of Labor, most elementary school teachers are required to have at least a bachelor's degree in education, with a concentration in the specific area they want to teach (i.e. theater, music, or art). After completing your degree, you will also need to pass a state licensing exam in order to pursue a teaching career.
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.
Education options: A bachelor's degree is required for most advertising management positions, with some employers preferring students to take relevant courses in 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 start a career in fashion design.
As a fashion designer, you could have the opportunity to study fashion trends to gain inspiration 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.
Education options: Though formal education is not required for fashion designers, many still choose to improve their knowledge of textiles and fabrics through an associate's or bachelor's degree program in a related field, like 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 prepare advertisements to promote the sale of a good or service, 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.
Education options: Because this job requires such strong writing abilities, most 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.
Education options: Many chefs gain their skills through work experience, but a good number of chefs also attend formal culinary programs at community colleges, technical schools, or culinary arts academies, says the Department of Labor.
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