Many creative industries that rely on artists, makers, musicians, and other creative employees in order to thrive. Whether you're looking for an illustrator position or a job as a dancer, there is a job out there that will make you feel creatively fulfilled while also paying the bills. This list can get you started thinking about what career path might be right for you.
Fine Arts & Design
For those of you who grew up tracking Disney characters and drawing your friends as cartoons, a cartoonist job combines illustration and film in a fun and exciting way.
2. Craft Artist
There is a market for just about any craft out there, so whether you knit scarves or make pottery, you can find a way to do what you love and pick up some loyal customers along the way.
A curator's job is perfect for any art lover. You’ll get to collect, organize, and care for priceless art pieces.
Like cartoonists, animators combine illustration with movement. This requires quite a bit of technical knowledge, but it’s definitely rewarding to see your illustrations come to life.
5. Art Director
Art directors work in many different creative industries such as magazines, newspapers, websites, or advertising agencies. They are in charge of setting the creative focus for a project, which entails working with designers, photographers, and copywriters.
6. Art Teacher
Being an art teacher is a great way to share your love for art with the next generation of Picassos and Rembrandts.
Art therapists use art to help people who are in need of a creative outlet to work through pain, anxiety, or depression. This is an extremely rewarding position that allows you to create art while helping people.
8. Art Critic
If you think you have an eye for what makes art great, an art critic job is a perfect way to constantly expose yourself to new art and share your opinions with the world.
If you know a thing or two about art collecting, you can become an art collection consultant to help new collectors break into the art world.
Books, advertisements, magazines, greeting cards, packaging: there are so many things that are brought to life with illustrations. If you enjoy drawing, you might consider getting commissioned to create illustrations for the many companies that need them!
11. Showroom Manager
Being a showroom manager allows you to be surrounded by beautiful art pieces every day. If you have a knack for organization and an eye for design, this is the perfect job for you.
There are many ways to turn your love for photography into a career. Whether you want to take wedding photos or event photos for a newspaper, there is always a market for high-quality photos.
A career in art restoration is a great option for those with a love for historical art. This job allows you to work directly on priceless pieces of art so that the next generation can enjoy them too.
14. Toy Designer
Toys are essentially sculptures in a way, and toy artists take pride in the creativity and artistry behind their creations.
Billboard designers are graphic designers that specifically design large billboards to catch the attention of passersby.
Colorists work in creative industries such as fashion, film, and advertising to choose the correct color palette for creative projects. In fashion, this might translate to choosing fabric colors for a collection, while in film this would usually mean working with editors to achieve the right color balance on screen.
17. A&R Coordinator
An Artist and Repertoire manager for a record label maintains budgets for artists and bands and works with the accounting and legal departments.
If you have a great voice but don’t quite want the spotlight, many artists need background singers for recording or touring. This also gives you a chance to meet lots of artists, which is super cool!
19. Band Manager
Band managers help propel bands to success. If you love music and supporting artists that you love, this is a fun and fulfilling job.
Music composers write music for TV, movies, stage, schools, or other artists.
DJs mix the music of other artists into their own creations. They can record their own mixes or just DJ at live events.
22. Dubbing Mixer
A dubbing mixer, also called a re-recording mixer, is a kind of post-production sound engineer who mixes the soundtrack for TVs, movies, or advertisements. If you want to work with music without writing it yourself, this is a great option.
Ethnomusicologists study music in its cultural context, combining anthropology, sociology, and music.
These days, thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever for your (singing) voice to be heard.
25. Music Teacher
If you enjoy music, being a music teacher is a rewarding way to spread your love of music to young people.
26. Music Director
Music directors are responsible for cultivating and finding the right music for the groups that they work with. This could include being a band, orchestra, or choir director at a school, church, or professional organization.
For those who enjoy film and music, being a music video director allows you to bring life to the songs that you love.
Making musical instruments is an art within itself, and it’s definitely something worth pursuing if you have a passion for a certain instrument.
Instrumentalists specialize in one or more instruments and either work with artists in the studio or on tour to provide music for singers who aren’t attached to a band (they can work with bands, too, to supplement existing musicians).
If building or designing instruments seems daunting, instrument repair and restoration also require a deep knowledge and appreciation for instruments and the music that they produce.
Music conductors lead bands, orchestras, or choirs by directing them during live performances. They might also take on some of the duties of a music director, working behind the scenes for the group that they conduct.
32. Dance Instructor
Whether teaching toddlers ballet for the first time or leading choreography for a group of experienced dancers, dance instructors share their love for dance in a fun and rewarding way.
33. Piano Tuner
Pianos can be rather finicky instruments that need a lot of fine-tuning, and piano tuners are responsible for keeping their clients’ pianos sounding beautiful at all times.
Musicians in bands, orchestras, and choirs almost always take private lessons to improve their skills and focus on their own personal weak areas, so being a private music teacher allows you to work with students of different skill levels and interests.
Writing music for TV provides the opportunity to write many songs for different moods, moments, and characters, all while bringing life to a TV program.
Choreographers make up their own dance moves and lead other dancers through their choreography, making this a fun and rewarding job for experienced, creative dancers.
37. Sound Technician
Sound technicians manage audio equipment such as the mixing board during live performances. They’re responsible for sound checks and making sure that the volume and quality of sound will create a great performance for the audience.
38. Film Composer
Composing a score for a film is a daunting yet extremely exciting task because your music will set the mood for the whole film!
39. Fashion Designer
For those with an eye for design, being a fashion designer is a great way to bring your personal style to life through your own clothing collections.
40. Costume Designer
Costume designers design clothes for TV, film, or stage rather than for the mass market, making this a good option for designers who want to get a little more creative.
41. Fashion Editor
Fashion editors work at magazines, newspapers, blogs, or websites and showcase the best of the fashion world, making this a great career option for fashion lovers without technical design skills.
Footwear design is a specific kind of fashion design that requires knowledge of the materials and specifics of designing and producing shoes.
43. Beauty Editor
Like fashion editors, beauty editors work for publishing companies to showcase the best in skincare, makeup, haircare, and more!
Art directors are in charge of setting the design focus for the magazine by overseeing page layouts and selecting photos, graphics, and colors for every article.
45. Textile Designer
Before a fashion designer can create a piece, they need to choose the fabric! Textile designers create designs for woven, knitted, and printed textiles, which then contribute to the finished design of garments and accessories.
Rather than designing and producing clothes, tailors perform alterations or repairs on many different types of clothing.
Seamstresses typically sew new products rather than only doing repairs. Seamstresses can work on their own or for can work for design houses that need to create small batches of handsewn products.
Stores (and now websites) require merchandisers to create collections of products or lay products out in a visually appealing way, making this another great option for fashion lovers without technical design skills.
49. Pattern Maker
Creating a finished garment requires fabric to be cut into shapes that are then sewn into the final product. Pattern makers set out these shapes in a program that allows for optimal use of fabric and minimal waste.
Fashion buyers are in charge of choosing which items to carry in their store for the next season. This requires both an eye for design as well as the ability to process data on sales trends in order to find the best products that customers will actually buy.
51. Celebrity Booker
Celebrity bookers usually work at music venues or TV programs and are in charge of setting up celebrity appearances or musical performances. While the job itself isn’t particularly creative, you’ll get to meet many prominent creatives that could help you further your own career.
Cinematographers direct the visual impact that a film or TV show will make by directing the film and lighting crew and selecting digital effects.
One of the most exciting parts about watching a Sci-Fi or Fantasy movie is seeing all the cool otherworldly creatures. The creature designer is in charge of drawing and developing the design for a creature, which requires a lot of creativity and knowledge to draw inspiration from.
A film or TV director wears a lot of hats and typically controls many creative elements by directing the crew and actors/actresses in a way that helps their vision come to life.
Producers are also responsible for bringing a production to life, and may sometimes also be the director. However, they often take on more managerial roles such as arranging funding for the project, managing the budget, hiring staff, and overseeing marketing.
An audio/visual assistant works closely with the videographer and sound technician, usually managing the set-up, operation, and tear-down of recording equipment.
For those who enjoy writing and entertainment, reporters often get first access to the coolest new films as well as interview time with celebrities.
58. Hair Stylist
Every movie and TV show relies on hair stylists to keep their stars’ hair looking amazing, both on-screen and on the red carpet! If you have the skills, this is a great alternative to a salon job.
59. Make-up Artist
Like hair stylists, make-up artists are used on virtually every film or TV set. Whether you prefer doing special effects stage makeup or just everyday mascara and lipstick, there’s a studio out there for you.
Actors and actresses bring characters to life and often have a background in theater. However, with the recent rise of YouTube, it’s easier than ever for people to create their own skits and get noticed by producers.
61. Prop Maker
Even with the growing capabilities of CGI, most TV and film sets still require props as a base for a scene when shooting. It takes a creative person to imagine the scene and bring it to life physically.
62. Set Decorator
Set decorators are in charge of setting the scene for any movie of TV show, whether the set will be heavily edited with CGI or left as is, such as in most comedies or dramas.
63. Set Painting
Set painters are usually used for stage production, but sometimes in TV and film as well. For those with painting or illustrating skills, this is a fun way for your art to be brought to life.
64. Video Editor
It takes a lot of editing to take a movie from the set to the big screen, so studios employ teams of video editors to cut scenes together, create effects, or add CGI to create an Oscar-worthy final product.
65. Voiceover Artist
For those who enjoy acting but don’t want to be in front of the camera, voice actors use expressive acting to create amazing characters without ever being seen.
Content marketing is becoming more and more popular as companies try to improve their SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Web content could take the form of a company blog, articles on the website, or a paragraph of information on the homepage.
A biographer is a special type of writer who writes profiles of people. This can require historical research or work alongside the biography subject.
An essayist is a specific type of writer who focuses on making observations about life or art. They have strong writing and research skills and usually also have a great curiosity about the world.
Editors can work for publications such as newspapers or magazines or for publishing companies that primarily work with books. The job function changes a little bit between these two types of employers, but an editing job will almost always involve proofreading, verifying facts, and developing stories.
70. Speech Writer
Politicians and other public figures might give great speeches, but they usually don’t write them. Speech writers work for public figures and help them put their thoughts into truly compelling words.
71. PR Associate
Public Relations might not seem like an obvious field for writers, but PR associates are responsible for writing press releases and briefs for their clients all the time.
Ghostwriters write books, articles, speeches, or other texts that are credited to other people. While it might not seem fun to do all the work without the credit, many people pay ghostwriters great money to do the talking for them.
In film or TV, creative consultants are involved with the writing process and give creative direction to writers and producers.
For those who enjoy writing and fashion, a fashion journalist's job combines the fun of both industries. Fashion journalists might work at a fashion magazine, blog, or fashion section of a larger news outlet.
75. Music Journalist
Like fashion journalists, music journalists combine a love for music with their writing skills. They might interview musicians, write album reviews, or cover concerts and other music events.
Screenwriters write scripts for TV or film, meaning that this is a fun option for writers who want to see their work brought to life.
Storyboard artists draw out the general plot of a film, TV show, or advertisement in order to give the producers an idea of the project so that they can decide if they want to make changes.
Copywriters are hired by advertising agencies or marketing departments to help with the wording that usually appears in advertising, marketing materials, or product descriptions.
Grant writers help identify and gain charitable support from businesses and foundation donors by writing compelling grant proposals outlining the issues and needs faced by their organizations.
Newspaper columnists write their own columns for newspapers, either print or online. They can choose to focus on any area of interest and are often quite opinionated, making this a great option for writers with strong interests in certain topics.
Lyricists write the lyrics to songs and might work with songwriters or composers to write songs to be sung by other musicians.
Greeting card companies always need people to come up with new fun ways to say “Happy Birthday” or “Congratulations” and will usually have an area for card submissions on their websites.
83. Technical Writer
Technical writers create instruction manuals, journal articles, or other documents that convey complicated information in an easy-to-understand manner. This usually requires some knowledge of the field in order to understand how to best condense the information.
Proofreaders are often freelance workers with impeccable grammar who proofread many writing projects, but they might also work in-house in a company’s communications department.
85. Writing Coach
A writing coach guides writers through their creative endeavors, especially when they experience “writer’s block”. They are sometimes the writer’s editor, but not always.
Computer & Tech
86. App Designer
Since the advent of smartphones, apps have become a huge part of our lives. Depending on the position, app designers might just be graphic designers or could need coding experience as well.
87. UX Designer
UX Designers (User Experience Designers) combine research and creative skills to produce applications that people enjoy and understand how to use. This requires understanding human behavior while also having a strong sense of design.
88. UI Developer
UI (User Interface) Developers/Designers bring the UX Designer’s ideas to life. This requires having a good eye for design while also having technical skills in HTML and CSS.
89. Concept Artist
In the gaming industry, concept artists create the world that the game lives in. They work with the art department to illustrate landscapes, characters, weapons, and other props.
Digital product design is a rather broad concept, but it usually involves pieces of UI/UX design to create a product that looks great and customers will respond to.
91. Game Artist
The game artist is the creative force behind the game and will create illustrations of characters, landscapes, and more for the game. They might also be involved in the concept development and storyboarding of the game.
92. Game Developer
The game developer brings the game artist’s to life through software and therefore usually come from an engineering or computer science background.
93. Graphic Designer
Virtually every company requires graphic designers to create everything from web graphics and advertisements to packaging designs and internal branding elements. Graphic designers can work in-house, for a design firm, or freelance.
94. Logo Designer
Logo designers are graphic designers who focus on creating logos that tell the brand’s story. With the increasing number of technology startups popping up, logo designers are more important than ever for getting a company noticed.
Titles designers are a specific kind of graphic designers who design the title sequences for film or television. They’re also responsible for captions and credits.
96. Mobile Designer
"Mobile designer" is a broad term for anyone who designs applications or websites to be consumed on a mobile platform.
97. Web Designer
Like "mobile designer," "web designer" is a broad term referring to anyone who designs applications or websites for consumption on a laptop or desktop. They employ a variety of different coding languages and might come from a design or computer science background.
98. Photo Editor
Photo editors are employed at companies who require photos for advertisements or online retail. Photography skills aren’t necessary, though editors have extensive knowledge of Photoshop, Lightroom, and other photo editing software.
99. 3-D Artist
3-D artists usually work in video or game production to create 3-dimensional elements that will be used in the game or film.
Videographers combine the roles of the director, sound editor, and film editor. They touch many aspects of video production from camera equipment to sound mixing equipment.
101. Multi-Media Artist
Multi-media artist is a broad term to refer to anyone who creates art with digital software. They might work for a studio or create their own art to be featured in galleries or museums.