Top Ten Jobs for Crafty People

Updated: January 6, 2020

If you spend more time in your wood shop than in front of the television, why not turn that hobby into a career? Read on for the top 10 jobs for crafty people.

1. Display Designer — Behind every window filled with 20-foot-high paper poppies at Anthropologie is a display designer. You create stunning displays and exhibits for retail shops, engaging customers and encouraging them to come in out of the cold.

2. Furniture Designer — Use your eye for design, and your own two hands, to manipulate metal or carve wood into functional, beautiful pieces of furniture.

3. Model Maker — Bring your client’s vision to life by creating 3D, non-digital models for architecture firms, film studios, and developers.

4. Cake Decorator — Cake decorators are true artists, crafting everything from simple flowers to huge dragons out of fondant and frosting.

5. Seamstress — Turn reams of fabric into beautiful dresses, unique furniture upholstery, and woven costumes for the theater.

6. Jeweler — Make necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, brooches—whether you work with beads or metal, your skills result in one-of-a-kind jewelry.

7. Glassblower — This hot job allows you to create vases and glassware, water bulbs and salt shakers. You’re limited only by your imagination.

8. Filmmaker — It takes a special vision to call for the right lighting, get every actor into place, and perfectly time each sound effect.

9. Prop Maker — For every film or play that transports you to a different world, there’s a prop maker (or 10), crafting those props with their bare hands. Make miniature models, lifelike creatures, and shining swords.

10. Taxidermist — Whether it’s a family pet or a prized kill, your skills forever capture the true nature of the beast.