Best Careers for Free Spirits

Some people find structured, conventional jobs appealing, but free spirits usually may prefer more relaxed and creative positions. Those who are free spirits may want to consider careers that value independent and original thinking, like the ones discussed here.

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Career Options for Free Spirits

Those who are considered free spirits can be creative, uninhibited and unrestrained, and they don't feel the need to follow societal expectations. Free spirits may be interested in working in careers that allow them to set their own schedules or travel, or that encourage artistic expression and original thinking.

Job Title Median Salary* (2016) Employment Growth* (2014-2024)
Industrial Designers $67,790 (annually) 2%
Recreation Workers $23,870 (annually) 10%
Physicists and Astronomers $114,870 (annually) 7%
Musicians and Singers $25.14 (hourly) 3%
Writers and Authors $61,240 (annually) 2%
Photographers $34,070 (annually) 3%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Industrial Designers

Industrial designers work with manufacturers to figure out how specific items - such as electronics, home goods, cars, and bicycles - should look or function. Free spirits may find this a good career fit because they can take advantage of their unrestrained creativity. Free spirits don't conform to how things have always looked or worked, so they might enjoy a career that focuses on exploring new ways to improve products or design new ones. A bachelor's degree in industrial design, or a related field like architecture or engineering, is required to be an industrial designer.

Recreation Workers

Recreation workers are in charge of organizing and leading activities, such as exercise, arts and crafts, and nature outings, and work at community centers, camps or parks, among other locations. These workers include camp counselors, who are responsible for leading a activities such as white water rafting, sports and social exercises. Free spirits may find that this type of job offers them opportunities to have fun while working and to explore their interests without being stuck in an office. On-the-job training and a high school diploma are normally the standard requirements to begin a career as a recreational worker, although those working with specific activities may need some additional training or prior experience.

Physicists and Astronomers

Physicists and astronomers work with theories and research about matter. Although they're highly trained professionals who are usually required to have a doctoral degree in physics or astronomy, free spirits may find that this is a career field where they can explore endless possibilities about things like how different types of matter interact or the history of our galaxy. Free spirits don't just think about what's known or expected, and their ability to think unconventionally can make them ideally suited to this type of scientific exploration through research. They are interested in changing what people understand or think, and physicists and astronomers can do this by researching unique theories.

Musicians and Singers

Musicians and singers need to be musically talented, and most do not need any formal training. Musicians can play a variety of instruments, such as the guitar, piano, or drums, in a variety of genres, such as rock, jazz, or electronic music. Singers may perform with a band or a group, or they may perform solo or as part of a choir; like musicians, they can focus on a particular style of singing, from rock to opera. They often have erratic work schedules and must travel as part of their career, but free spirits may find that this lack of structure suits their personality.

Writers and Authors

Writers and authors can work on a range of literature, from travel articles to fictional stories. Free spirits may be drawn to a career as a writer or author because they may be able to travel, enjoy a flexible work schedule, and indulge their interests and creative talents. Writers and authors who are free spirits may be able to come up with very original ideas or topics and present their stories in unconventional ways. They normally need to have a bachelor's degree in English, creative writing, or a related subject that teaches writing skills.


Photographers can work in studios, but it's also common for photographers to travel as part of their work. Free spirits with photographic talents may be able to incorporate travel into their work and may focus on photographing rare content or using a distinctive photographic style. They do not necessarily need to attend college, but some photojournalists and scientific photographers have a bachelor's degree. Photographers may also be able to have a flexible schedule, which is something else that may appeal to free spirits.

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