Best Careers for Creative People

Stan T.

Do you who like work that requires your self-expression and can be done without following a clear set of rules? You are someone who is imaginative and creative.

You enjoy creative and innovative work
You prefer using your imagination to work
You prefer flexibility and ambiguity
You dislike clerical-type work / repetitive admin work

If the above description fits your personality, here are some of the best careers that suit your creative personality type.


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  1. Art Directors
  2. What they do

    They formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.

    • Formulate basic layout design or presentation approach and specify material details, such as style and size of type, photographs, graphics, animation, video, and sound.
    • Manage own accounts and projects, working within budget and scheduling requirements.
    • Confer with creative, art, copywriting, or production department heads to discuss client requirements and presentation concepts and to coordinate creative activities.
    • Present final layouts to clients for approval.

    How much they make

    $104590

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  3. Video Game Designers
  4. What they do

    They design core features of video games. Specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies. Create and maintain design documentation. Guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed.

    • Balance and adjust gameplay experiences to ensure the critical and commercial success of the product.
    • Provide feedback to designers and other colleagues regarding game design features.
    • Create core game features including storylines, role-play mechanics, and character biographies for a new video game or game franchise.
    • Devise missions, challenges, or puzzles to be encountered in game play.

    How much they make

    $93350

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  5. Architects
  6. What they do

    They plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.

    • Prepare scale drawings or architectural designs, using computer-aided design or other tools.
    • Plan or design structures such as residences, office buildings, theatres, factories, or other structural properties in accordance with environmental, safety, or other regulations.
    • Direct activities of technicians engaged in preparing drawings or specification documents.
    • Prepare contract documents for building contractors.

    How much they make

    $88860

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  7. Fashion Designers
  8. What they do

    They design clothing and accessories. Create original designs or adapt fashion trends.

    • Direct and coordinate workers involved in drawing and cutting patterns and constructing samples or finished garments.
    • Examine sample garments on and off models, modifying designs to achieve desired effects.
    • Sketch rough and detailed drawings of apparel or accessories, and write specifications such as color schemes, construction, material types, and accessory requirements.
    • Confer with sales and management executives or with clients to discuss design ideas.

    How much they make

    $87610

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  9. Film and Video Editors
  10. What they do

    They edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

    • Organize and string together raw footage into a continuous whole according to scripts or the instructions of directors and producers.
    • Review assembled films or edited videotapes on screens or monitors to determine if corrections are necessary.
    • Trim film segments to specified lengths and reassemble segments in sequences that present stories with maximum effect.
    • Determine the specific audio and visual effects and music necessary to complete films.

    How much they make

    $86830

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  11. Multimedia Artists and Animators
  12. What they do

    They create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

    • Design complex graphics and animation, using independent judgment, creativity, and computer equipment.
    • Create basic designs, drawings, and illustrations for product labels, cartons, direct mail, or television.
    • Participate in design and production of multimedia campaigns, handling budgeting and scheduling, and assisting with such responsibilities as production coordination, background design, and progress tracking.
    • Implement and maintain configuration control systems.

    How much they make

    $78230

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  13. Landscape Architects
  14. What they do

    They plan and design land areas for projects such as parks and other recreational facilities, airports, highways, hospitals, schools, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial, and residential sites.

    • Confer with clients, engineering personnel, or architects on landscape projects.
    • Prepare site plans, specifications, or cost estimates for land development.
    • Analyze data on conditions such as site location, drainage, or structure location for environmental reports or landscaping plans.
    • Develop marketing materials, proposals, or presentation to generate new work opportunities.

    How much they make

    $73160

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  15. Theatrical Makeup Artists
  16. What they do

    They apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.

    • Apply makeup to enhance or alter the appearance of people appearing in productions such as movies.
    • Select desired makeup shades from stock, or mix oil, grease, and coloring to achieve specific color effects.
    • Duplicate work precisely to replicate characters' appearances on a daily basis.
    • Cleanse and tone the skin to prepare it for makeup application.

    How much they make

    $72030

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  17. Commercial and Industrial Designers
  18. What they do

    They develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.

    • Prepare sketches of ideas, detailed drawings, illustrations, artwork, or blueprints, using drafting instruments, paints and brushes, or computer-aided design equipment.
    • Modify and refine designs, using working models, to conform with customer specifications, production limitations, or changes in design trends.
    • Evaluate feasibility of design ideas, based on factors such as appearance, safety, function, serviceability, budget, production costs/methods, and market characteristics.
    • Confer with engineering, marketing, production, or sales departments, or with customers, to establish and evaluate design concepts for manufactured products.

    How much they make

    $71430

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  19. Set and Exhibit Designers
  20. What they do

    They design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.

    • Prepare rough drafts and scale working drawings of sets, including floor plans, scenery, and properties to be constructed.
    • Read scripts to determine location, set, and design requirements.
    • Develop set designs, based on evaluation of scripts, budgets, research information, and available locations.
    • Attend rehearsals and production meetings to obtain and share information related to sets.

    How much they make

    $61020

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  21. Music Directors
  22. What they do

    They direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.

    • Use gestures to shape the music being played, communicating desired tempo, phrasing, tone, color, pitch, volume, and other performance aspects.
    • Direct groups at rehearsals and live or recorded performances to achieve desired effects such as tonal and harmonic balance dynamics, rhythm, and tempo.
    • Study scores to learn the music in detail, and to develop interpretations.
    • Consider such factors as ensemble size and abilities, availability of scores, and the need for musical variety, to select music to be performed.

    How much they make

    $59790

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  23. Music Composers and Arrangers
  24. What they do

    They write and transcribe musical scores.

    • Apply elements of music theory to create musical and tonal structures, including harmonies and melodies.
    • Use computers and synthesizers to compose, orchestrate, and arrange music.
    • Determine voices, instruments, harmonic structures, rhythms, tempos, and tone balances required to achieve the effects desired in a musical composition.
    • Experiment with different sounds, and types and pieces of music, using synthesizers and computers as necessary to test and evaluate ideas.

    How much they make

    $59790

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  25. Interior Designers
  26. What they do

    They plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

    • Design plans to be safe and to be compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).
    • Coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers, to ensure job success.
    • Inspect construction work on site to ensure its adherence to the design plans.
    • Use computer-aided drafting (CAD) and related software to produce construction documents.

    How much they make

    $59120

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  27. Fine Artists and Painters
  28. What they do

    They create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

    • Use materials such as pens and ink, watercolors, charcoal, oil, or computer software to create artwork.
    • Integrate and develop visual elements, such as line, space, mass, color, and perspective, to produce desired effects, such as the illustration of ideas, emotions, or moods.
    • Model substances such as clay or wax, using fingers and small hand tools to form objects.
    • Create sculptures, statues, and other three-dimensional artwork by using abrasives and tools to shape, carve, and fabricate materials such as clay, stone, wood, or metal.

    How much they make

    $58370

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  29. Graphic Designers
  30. What they do

    They design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

    • Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type.
    • Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.
    • Create designs, concepts, and sample layouts, based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.
    • Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Web sites.

    How much they make

    $54680

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  31. Choreographers
  32. What they do

    They create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.

    • Direct rehearsals to instruct dancers in how to use dance steps, and in techniques to achieve desired effects.
    • Teach students, dancers, and other performers about rhythm and interpretive movement.
    • Choose the music, sound effects, or spoken narrative to accompany a dance.
    • Advise dancers on how to stand and move properly, teaching correct dance techniques to help prevent injuries.

    How much they make

    $53560

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  33. Art Therapists
  34. What they do

    They plan or conduct art therapy sessions or programs to improve clients' physical, cognitive, or emotional well-being.

    • Talk with clients during art or other therapy sessions to build rapport, acknowledge their progress, or reflect upon their reactions to the artistic process.
    • Conduct art therapy sessions, providing guided self-expression experiences to help clients recover from, or cope with, cognitive, emotional, or physical impairments.
    • Design art therapy sessions or programs to meet client's goals or objectives.
    • Write treatment plans, case summaries, or progress or other reports related to individual clients or client groups.

    How much they make

    $50640

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  35. Music Therapists
  36. What they do

    They plan, organize, or direct medically prescribed music therapy activities designed to positively influence patients' psychological or behavioral status.

    • Design or provide music therapy experiences to address client needs, such as using music for self-care, adjusting to life changes, improving cognitive functioning, raising self-esteem, communicating, or controlling impulses.
    • Assess client functioning levels, strengths, and areas of need in terms of perceptual, sensory, affective, communicative, musical, physical, cognitive, social, spiritual, or other abilities.
    • Sing or play musical instruments, such as keyboard, guitar, or percussion instruments.
    • Design music therapy experiences, using various musical elements to meet client's goals or objectives.

    How much they make

    $50640

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  37. Jewelers
  38. What they do

    They fabricate and repair jewelry articles. Make models or molds to create jewelry items.

    • Smooth soldered joints and rough spots, using hand files and emery paper, and polish smoothed areas with polishing wheels or buffing wire.
    • Position stones and metal pieces, and set, mount, and secure items in place, using setting and hand tools.
    • Create jewelry from materials such as gold, silver, platinum, and precious or semiprecious stones.
    • Make repairs, such as enlarging or reducing ring sizes, soldering pieces of jewelry together, and replacing broken clasps and mountings.

    How much they make

    $43570

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  39. Photographers
  40. What they do

    They photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

    • Use traditional or digital cameras, along with a variety of equipment, such as tripods, filters, and flash attachments.
    • Determine desired images and picture composition, selecting and adjusting subjects, equipment, and lighting to achieve desired effects.
    • Adjust apertures, shutter speeds, and camera focus according to a combination of factors, such as lighting, field depth, subject motion, film type, and film speed.
    • Develop and print exposed film, using chemicals, touch-up tools, and developing and printing equipment.

    How much they make

    $42770

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  41. Craft Artists
  42. What they do

    They create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.

    • Create functional or decorative objects by hand, using a variety of methods and materials.
    • Cut, shape, fit, join, mold, or otherwise process materials, using hand tools, power tools, or machinery.
    • Apply finishes to objects being crafted.
    • Develop concepts or creative ideas for craft objects.

    How much they make

    $40490

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  43. Floral Designers
  44. What they do

    They design, cut, and arrange live, dried, or artificial flowers and foliage.

    • Confer with clients regarding price and type of arrangement desired and the date, time, and place of delivery.
    • Select flora and foliage for arrangements, working with numerous combinations to synthesize and develop new creations.
    • Order and purchase flowers and supplies from wholesalers and growers.
    • Deliver arrangements to customers, or oversee employees responsible for deliveries.

    How much they make

    $28900

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