You thrive on creativity. You think outside the box. You bring an artistic eye to every project. And now you’re ready for a career where you can put all that creativity to work!
But here’s the catch: many art-related gigs come with itty bitty paychecks. If you don’t want to live in a cardboard box for the rest of your life, are there any good career choices?
Making a living in a creative industry is rarely easy. But it’s not impossible.
We’ve rounded up a list of jobs that pay an average of around $50,000—so you can both survive and thrive as an innovator (no office drone work for you!). These jobs aren’t all in traditional art industries, but they do allow you to flex your creative muscles. Check out seven of our favorite creative careers that pay the bills:
1. Social Media Manager
Getting yelled at for browsing Pinterest? Not in this job! Your creativity comes into play as you spot trends, learn about new platforms and figure out how each social media tool can best serve your company.
2. Music Producer
As a Music Producer you oversee the recording and distribution of songs to create amazing, innovative, and highly desired tracks. You’re also a fortune-teller: successful Music Producers are able to listen to a band’s songs and accurately predict which songs will sell well to an entertainment-hungry public.
3. Software Engineer
Software Engineers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Whether you’re designing a game or coming up with an idea for a new smartphone app, you’ve got to think outside the box.
4. Makeup Artist
When you work your makeup magic on a client, every side becomes their good side. From smoky-eyed Models to the stay-at-home moms taking a day off with girlfriends, everyone needs your artistic skills at some point.
Dreaming up outrageous flavor combos, arranging food beautifully on a plate, inventing whole new cooking methods—these are just some of the ways you bring creativity into the kitchen.
6. Marketing Manager
As a Marketing Manager, you work to get your company front and center. You’re constantly dreaming up unique ways to market your brand and creative ideas to catch your audience’s eye.
7. Sound Engineer
You blend acoustic artistry with technical knowledge to skillfully record, remix, or amplify music tracks, sounds effects, and more.
8. Video Game Designer
Your inventive skills, outside-the-box problem solving and artistic talents all come into play as you develop original concepts, layouts and rules for your game.
9. PR Specialist
As a PR Specialist, you have to stay on your toes to figure out innovative ways to share your company’s triumphs with the media (and smooth over any scandals that might occur!).
10. Landscape Architect
Landscape Architects are all about outdoor spaces. Your creative vision results in well-designed gardens, parks and even more mundane places, like airports or traffic circles. This job is a perfect mix of artistry and nature.
What creative career would you choose?
Careers You May Like
Share your knowledge of makeup art with students.
Decorate the human skin using temporary paint.
Coordinate building projects, from design to construction.
Serve as the creative brains behind video games.
Show your art in a variety of channels, like digital, film, and video.
Oversee the implementation of a company's marketing plan.
Create custom sound effects that bring movies to life.
Design, program, and update software.
Create images and pictures to enrich stories.
Add the finishing touches to audio recordings.
Design and manage the image of a fashion magazine or store.
Create high impact images that deliver a message.
Market a products through demos and promos.
Create inviting signs for businesses.
Create the appearance of complex animated characters.
Put animation and real film footage together to make one amazing movie.
Beautify clients through makeup.
Create and execute an overall advertising plan for your company.
Record dialogue and sound effects while scenes are being filmed.
Choose and enhance the sounds in movies and TV shows.
Create video games as a Designer, Programmer, or Artist.
Spruce up home and office spaces with your creative touch.
Make buildings safe and strong by planning their basic structure.
Make the best use of spaces by creating efficient plans.
Put together showy outfits that Dancers can move in.
Organize ad campaigns for clients.
Build and beautify inside spaces.
Design the look of a film set and supervise the team that creates it.
Arrange lighting effects for a variety of productions.
Make illustrated objects come to life using artistic and technical talents.
Lend a hand with interior design projects.
Sew and sell sexy underwear.
Create the scenery and other elements of individual game levels.
Equip clients with systems for watering crops or gardens.
Oversee secondary budget and business details for Movie or TV Producer.
Use your knowledge of fashion trends to drive sales.
Make sure video games not only look good but are also glitch-free.
Draw the details that make games and animated movies look more realistic.
Keep wine club members happy while increasing profits for wineries.
Think up concepts and storylines for video games.
Make 2D images move using hand drawings or computer software.
Prepare food from start to finish for corporate events.
Forge profitable partnerships for your company.
Design awesome game graphics that won't cause computers to crash.
Put a new spin on classic men's clothing.
Design menus, create recipes, and cook food.
Translate a Fashion Designer's ideas into drawings.
Create parks and gardens as a licensed professional.
Plan out efficient and useful restaurant kitchens.
Think up characters, objects, or environments for films or video games.
Purchase ad space in print and online.
Create pretty yet practical kitchens and bathrooms.
Oversee an art department with a mix of creative and business skills.
Bring illustrated objects to life for movies and video games.
Advise Engineers and others on the ins and outs of sound control.
Promote your company through digital media.
Increase sales for a specific type of product.
Oversee the design and implementation of computer software.
Get good enough at video games to enter tournaments and win prize money.
Design the scenery of a video game.
Arrange a web page, poster, or magazine in an appealing manner.
Set up microphones and capture takes of songs and voice-overs.
Perform research to discover how best to sell a product.
Create visuals for video games.
Oversee interior design projects.
Control the overall look of an ad, movie, or TV show.
Beautify spaces by planting greenery and erecting garden structures.
Lead your organization's creative projects from concept to completion.
Make backdrops for movies.
Use graphics to express ideas, facts, and information.
Manage the department charged with creating movie sets.
Make the final narrative decisions on a movie by choosing the scene order.
Create a series of drawings showing the flow of a movie or ad.
Animate game art by writing its computer code.
Build, test, and market computer software.
Customize sound effects and music to suit particular scenes.
Help develop the visual world of an animated film.
Choose clothes and accessories for celebrities.
Design dynamic graphics through animation, video, and sounds.
Make animated films or shorts using the stop motion technique.
Plan and develop movie soundtracks.
Create stylish shoes for every occasion.
Set trends with your beautiful clothing designs.
Produce graphics that make video games flow like a movie.
Craft attention-grabbing book covers.
Develop ad campaigns by managing one or all areas of an ad department.
Make food look scrumptious for photo and film shoots.
Create digital models that can be viewed from all angles.
Make a website enjoyable and easy to use.
Create sound effects and music for video games, TV shows, or films.
Digitally touch-up the color in the final editing process of films and TV.
Create strategies to increase a product's popularity.
Create games and other apps for smartphones.
Prepare cold foods and salads for a restaurant.