Top Jobs for Creative Types

Updated: January 3, 2020

So, you’ve got a flare for creativity? You probably want a job that satisfies your innovative impulses, but also pays the bills. Well, you’re in luck: Your inspired way of seeing the world can lead to many career paths—some artistic, some not. In fact, almost every industry offers creative opportunities in some form. Read on for roles that will allow you to flex your creative muscles.

  1. Dancer — Expressing yourself through movement is a tale as old as time. You’ll be on your feet all day long, but you’ll tell a story that few others can.
  2. Visual Artist — The quintessential creative career allows you to create day and night. You can paint, sculpt, print, or photograph to your heart’s content.
  3. Musician — A show-stopping solo or the twang of a guitar string can transform a room. As a musician, you make art through music.
  4. Graphic Designer — Just because you’re an artist doesn’t mean you have to starve. You design websites and logos, lay out newsletters, and rebrand entire companies—and your skills are always in demand.
  5. Camera Operator — You strive to capture the perfect shot for television, film, and broadcast—but you can take artistic license where you see fit. Note that you will need to be skilled in the technical aspects of the job, and you’ll need to listen to the director.
  6. Visual Merchandiser — If you stop and gawk at every Anthropologie window display, try your hand at being a visual merchandiser. You create stunning displays and exhibits for retail shops, engaging customers and encouraging them to come in out of the cold.