You don’t have to be an artist to flex your creative muscles. These jobs let you put your imaginative brainpower to work in new ways.
Think you can’t have a creative career? Try again.
You don’t have to be an actor or artist to flex your creative muscles at work. At its core, creativity is really about solving problems in new ways—and that’s one heck of a marketable skill to have in almost any industry. So no matter your personal style or strengths, there’s probably a creative gig to match.
Check out 10 careers where you can put your imaginative brainpower to work:
1. For the Constant Connector: Marketer
Steve Jobs once said, “Creativity is just connecting things.”
As a marketer, you connect people with products, organizations and brands. You make your money dreaming up unconventional ideas to sell a service, producing catchy campaigns and figuring out hard-hitting ways to get your message across.
Salary range: $81,000 – $151,000
2. For the Tech Whiz: Video Game Designer
As a planet, we spend around 3 billion hours a week playing video games. And video game designers invent the worlds in which we play from top to bottom. In this gig, your imaginative thinking and artistic talents help you develop original concepts, layouts and rules of the game.
Salary range: Varies
3. For the Hands-On Creator: Makeup Artist
As a makeup artist, your tools are powders, paints and brushes, and your canvas is the human face. Whether you’re giving a bride that perfect glow or covering a Cirque Du Soleil performer in neon yellow varnish, your creative work is up close and personal.
Salary range: $18,000 – $102,000
4. For the People Person: Event Planner
Throwing a great party involves creative chemistry—you’ve got to mix the right space, the right cocktails and the right people. If you thrive on collaboration and social connections, coordinating events is a perfect outlet for your particular brand of genius.
Salary range: $27,000 – $77,000
5. For the Mover and Shaker: Community Organizer
Community organizers are all about creative problem-solving. Whether you’re coordinating a neighborhood rally, boosting an education drive or writing up a grant proposal, you figure out new ways to fix big issues that impact your community.
Salary range: Varies
6. For the Acoustically Inclined: Music Producer
This job requires you to tune up your acoustic artistry. As a music producer, you mix industry knowledge with sound production expertise to lay down tracks that appeal to your target market—be it Top 40 or Christian rock.
Salary range: $45,000 – $112,000
7. For the Outdoor Enthusiast: Landscape Architect
Landscape architects bring outdoor spaces to life. Your artistic vision results in well-designed gardens, parks and even more mundane places, like airports or traffic circles. You’re also a creative problem-solver, tackling big projects on small budgets and handling Mother Nature’s hurdles like a pro.
Salary range: $37,000 – $102,000
8. For the Trend Ninja: Social Media Manager
Great social media mavens love the wild pace of changing technology. Your creativity comes into play as you spot trends, embrace new platforms (who even knew what Pinterest was a year ago?) and figure out how each new tool can best serve your company.
Salary range: $23,000 – $86,000
9. For the Mad Scientist: R&D Chef
Mix culinary artistry with cutting-edge science (plus a dash of foodie love), and you’ve got one great career as an R&D chef. Whether you’re conceptualizing a new dish, perfecting a freezing method or trying to reformulate an old classic in a new way, you thrive on experiments, invention and taste testing. Lots of taste testing.
Salary range: $34,000 – $106,000
10. For the True Self-Starter: Freelancer
Hats off to the most tenacious job creator: the freelancer. In order to make ends meet (and fulfill your creative vision, of course), you’ve got to think big, try new angles and generally hustle your butt off. Persistence might not be a sexy concept, but it’s certainly the #1 ingredient in most successful creative endeavors.
Salary range: Varies
Salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.