There’s a stereotype that creative jobs, in areas like writing, literature, the visual and performing arts, film and video, and multimedia design, don’t pay well. But if you play your cards right and attain relevant education, you can make a great living in a creative field.
Don’t give up your dreams because you think that only business majors make money! Here are a few jobs to consider for 2019 if you want a high-paying creative job.
Graphic designers work in multimedia formats to create visuals, including animation, digital art, and both 2D and 3D works, that might appear on film or video or accompany marketing materials.
These positions usually only require a bachelor’s degree in a field like visual arts or graphic design, but you can also get a master’s of fine art (MFA) if you choose. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), graphic designers make an average of around $70,000 per year.
Technical writers use their technical knowledge about fields like software, health, engineering, computer science, or digital media, along with their writing and editing skills, to convey complex information about technical subjects to a range of audiences.
They may be involved in the creation of technical manuals, step-by-step guides, brand messaging for technical companies, and/or articles. They usually have a bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, or a scientific field. Technical writers make over $70,000 per year on average.
Creative directors, also sometimes called art directors, usually have a bachelor’s degree and many years (generally 10+) of experience in design-related fields. They think holistically about how the visuals of marketing materials, products, or creative productions, like music videos and television shows, come together as a whole.
They might also handle copy and brand messaging. Because this is a senior-level management position, the BLS estimates that creative directors make over $90,000 each year on average.
University-Level Arts Instructor
College and university professors in creative fields like art, architecture, writing, literature, film production, design, theatre, dance, and music usually have a Ph.D. and/or MFA in their area of expertise. They teach both historical and creative courses in their field to undergraduates and/or graduate students.
They also often have the opportunity to work on creative projects, such as directing student shows or advising groups in film production or choreography, alongside students or other instructors. They generally start out making around $65,000 per year, and their salaries usually increase over time.