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Best Creative Careers for the Future

When considering jobs that will experience substantial job growth over the next ten years, there are a number of options in creative fields or that require a significant amount of creativity.

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Best Creative Careers for the Future

Forward-thinking creative individuals who are considering what career path to pursue may be interested in reviewing options that will enjoy high demand in the future. Creative options that will experience the highest job growth usually involve technology in some way. We will look at a few of these options in greater detail below.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2016-2026)*
Marketing Specialist $62,560 23%
Web Developer $66,130 13%
Applications Software Developer $100,080 30%
Multimedia Artist/Animator $65,300 10%
Actor $18.70 (per hour) 12%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Information About the Best Creative Jobs for the Future

Marketing Specialist

As a marketing specialist, you will be in charge of generating interest in a company's products through the creation of marketing campaigns and increasing the public's awareness of the brand. This job is highly creative as it takes new ideas and innovation to be able to create interesting and clever campaigns that catch the public's attention and help promote the product. From 2016 to 2026, this field is expected to experience growth by 23% and add 136,000 positions, making it an excellent possible option for the future. To become a marketing specialist, you will typically need a bachelor's degree in marketing, though some professionals have master's degrees.

Web Developer

Web developers work with clients who are in need of websites. They build and design websites for diverse needs. Web developers may work as back-end designers, which involves the actual construction of the website, as front-end designers, which involves the visual appearance of the website, or as both. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth at a rate of 13% from 2016-2026 for all website developers, which is faster than average and should lead to over 21,000 new positions. To become a web developer, you will need skills in the areas of graphic and web design, which could be learned through an associate's degree in web design.

Applications Software Developer

As an applications software developer, you will be responsible for designing and building applications that are typically used by consumers, like games, organizational apps, word processors, and a wide variety of other options. You may work for individual clients who have an idea for a new app, for a larger company, or you may be interested in creating your own apps. These professionals must be creative; there is a high level of competition to create apps that consumers are interested in. This field is projected to grow by 30% from 2016 to 2026, which is must faster than average and should result in over 250,000 job openings. Applications software developers usually have bachelor's degrees in computer science.

Multimedia Artist/Animator

One of the more traditionally creative careers, multimedia artists and animators often work in the television, film or video game industries. They are responsible for creating the characters, backgrounds, special effects, and other animated elements of TV shows, movies, and video games by either hand drawing and digitizing or strictly through the use of computer software. This career is expected to grow by 10% through 2026, which is considered faster than average and should result in nearly 8,000 job openings. Animation technology continues to advance, allowing for the creation of more and more realistic shows and games. To become a multimedia artist and animator, you will typically need a bachelor's degree in a field like art or computer graphics.

Actor

As an actor, you will work in the television, film, and theater industries portraying different characters. This creative career often requires you to learn extensive lines, conduct research on potential roles in order to make the performance as realistic and convincing as possible, and work with other professionals in the industry, like fellow actors as well as directors and producers. From 2016 to 2026, this field is projected to grow by 12%, faster than average. Nearly 8,000 new opportunities should become available as the demand for new shows and movies grows alongside an increasing number of Internet-streaming platforms. Formal training through a drama school may help you develop the skills necessary to book roles, though a degree is not strictly required.

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