In this day and age, it might be difficult to land a job that doesn’t see you sitting within the confines of a cubicle. Mundane physical workspaces aside, there are many in-demand jobs opening up that are huge opportunities to those brimming with creativity – jobs that could very well be perfect for you – provided of course that you possess the skills to strike while the iron’s hot.
You might think that the market is already saturated with graphic designers, but in all honesty, that couldn’t be further from the truth. While it’s true that there are many graphic designers out there, they are among the most versatile of designers. This means that designers can choose to specialize in a number of different niches depending on the availability of work. For example, graphic designers can choose to focus on marketing materials, product illustration, corporate branding, and more. Common tools of the trade: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
UX Designers – The Unsung Heroes of Software Applications
If done correctly, the user never has to think about all the hard work that went into making their favorite website, mobile app, or software application user-friendly. A great deal of work and research goes into understanding how the intended audience will use and navigate a company’s digital products. As more and more business is conducted in the ethereal realm comprised of computers and the Internet, the need for UX designers will rise accordingly.
Creature and Character (Digital Environment) Designer
Anyone with an interest in the entertainment industry can attest to just how far visual effects has come in the last few decades. Like the effects themselves, the entertainment consumer’s palate has also become much more sophisticated over the years – those who enjoy movies, television, and video games are always expecting more in terms of realism in both creature and character design and environment design. Where once these industries existed for the most part in the United States, these industries now exist on a global scale, bringing opportunity to where none existed just a short time ago.
Though the contrary might seem to be true, there is a growing demand for those capable of bringing undeniable style to a person’s living space. DIY shows and design apps aside, interior designers bring more to the table than ever; in addition to having a penchant for selecting color schemes, flooring, and furniture that will all work together to create a cohesive style, interior designers are also capable of making spaces safer and more functional for those with mobility issues or prolonged physical impairments (consequently, the need for this ability will grow as the median population age continues to rise).
A photographer’s skills can be plied far and wide. In a world that consumes information at a rate previously unheard of, a skilled photographer’s ability to tell a story with a single shot is incredibly valuable and increasingly sought out for a number of applications – from the very exotic to the commonplace. If you seek adventure, wildlife photography can be lucrative. Having said that, you don’t have to be an extensive traveler to be a successful photographer; covering local events, portraits, and photographing and touching up products for websites can also be incredibly rewarding.
Advertising and Promotion Manager
Though today’s ad world may be a far cry from the one portrayed in AMC’s “Mad Men” it’s impact is nonetheless monumental. Those who work as advertising and promotion managers work closely with advertising agencies to build marketing campaigns for clients. Though perhaps out of place among the other creative types of this list, these professionals work tirelessly to develop concepts and layouts as well as figuring out a campaign’s budget.
Video editors use very technical software to piece together and polish promotional or artistic video content. At first glance, it might not seem like a particularly creative career, but the film editor must have a keen eye for being able to identify the most captivating content for their intended audience – a feat that becomes increasingly difficult in a world inundated with visual content.
If a “regular” job isn’t something you can see yourself doing, it’s important to remember that there are many different creative design jobs for you to choose from, and more on the way. Even if something might not seem creative, if you look a little deeper, you just might find the rewarding career you’ve been looking for.