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5 Careers That Let You Be Creative At Work

Last updated April 29, 2021

Are you a creative person? Do you want to have a job where you can use your creativity? If so, a job in the creative economy might be a great fit for you! The creative economy involves jobs that value creativity across a variety of industries. These jobs rely on creative skills to produce creative results. Here are a few jobs in the creative economy to consider:

Software Developer

A software developer creates applications that allow people to do a variety of tasks on computers and other devices. They also develop systems that run on devices and allow them to function properly. Software developers analyze the needs of the users and design, test, and develop software accordingly. Their role is to design each piece of an application or system and create a plan for how the pieces will work together. After designing the program, they usually give instructions to programmers to write the code and test it.

A software developer usually has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and has a creative mind. To be successful, a software developer should be detail oriented, have analytical skills, creativity, flexibility, problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills, and an understanding of HTML, programming languages, and multimedia publishing tools. The average salary in 2019 was $107,510 per year or $51.69 per hour (bls.gov).

Photographer

A photographer produces and preserves images to record events and to tell stories. Most photographers use a digital camera, which allows them to transfer the image to a computer where they can use image processing software to edit the image and then print it out. In addition to a camera, photographers can use drones to capture 360-degree imagery. Depending on the photographer’s specialty, their job may also include framing services for their images and presenting their work in albums.

A photographer is not required to have postsecondary education, although many take classes and earn a bachelor’s degree to improve their skills. Taking good photos also requires skills that are developed over time with practice. Having strong artistic and creative ability, technology skills, interpersonal skills, and customer service skills is important for a photographer. The average salary in 2019 was $36,280 per year or $17.44 per hour (bls.gov).

Graphic Designer

A graphic designer creates visual work to present an idea. They develop the layout and production design for things such as advertisements, product labels, magazines, and book covers. They usually use computer software to create designs, they create visual images to communicate a message, and they work with both text and images and decide how those should be combined. Graphic designers present data through visual graphics and diagrams to make information easier to understand.

Graphic designers usually need a bachelor’s degree. They need to have creativity, artistic ability, analytical skills, computer skills, attention to detail, and project management skills. The average salary in 2019 was $52,110 per year or $25.05 per hour (bls.gov).

Writer/Author

A writer creates written content for a variety of media like online publications, magazines, books, scripts, and advertisements. They choose subjects that will interest readers, write scripts, conduct research to gather facts, and present their drafts to editors and clients. They work with editors and clients to revise their work and prepare it for publishing.

A bachelor’s degree is usually needed for a full-time job, and employers can prefer people with a degree in English, journalism, or communications. A writer needs to have strong writing skills, critical-thinking skills, creativity, persuasion, social perceptiveness, and persistence. The average salary in 2019 was $63,200 per year or $30.39 per hour (bls.gov).

Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Manager

This manager plans programs to create interest in products or services. Advertising managers collaborate with sales staff and other coworkers to create ideas for an advertising campaign, oversee the development of advertising, and they work with the finance department to prepare a budget and cost estimates. Promotions managers oversee programs like special events, in-store displays, coupons, and sweepstakes that combine advertising with purchasing incentives. Marketing managers predict demand for products and services, identify markets, and develop pricing strategies.

A bachelor’s degree is required for most positions, and creativity, analytical, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills are needed. The average salary in 2019 was $135,900 per year or $65.34 per hour (bls.gov).

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