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Creative Work-From-Home Jobs

From writing web content to taking nature photos, there are a number of creative jobs that do not require you to work out of a corporate office. Explore some of the top creative work-from-home job opportunities and find out their median salaries and expected growth.

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Options for Creative Work-From-Home Jobs

In search of a creative job position that isn't set in a traditional office? If so, you'll be happy to hear that many of these positions offer the option to work from a home studio or office. Check out some of the most popular options for creative work-from-home job opportunities.

Job Title Median Salary (2017)* Job Growth (2016-2026)*
Writers and authors $61,820 8%
Graphic designer $48,700 4%
Multimedia artists and animators $70,530 8%
Craft and fine artists $49,160 6%
Photographers $32,490 -6%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Creative Work-From-Home Job Information

Writers and Authors

Whether drafting the next best-selling fiction novel or writing a blog post, writers and authors are responsible for creating written content. Due to the nature of their work, most writers and authors now work from the location of their choosing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 'about 2 in 3 writers and authors were self-employed in 2016.' To become a writer, one must typically obtain a bachelor's degree in a related field (e.g. communications, English).

Graphic Designer

Individuals who enjoy creating logos, illustrations, and creative web content using design software should consider working as a graphic designer. Graphic designers must first earn a bachelor's degree in graphic design, and they are also required to gain experience to build a portfolio. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that in 2016, approximately 1 out of every 5 graphic designers were self-employed. In addition to graphic designers who work for companies that allow working from home, those who are self-employed have ample opportunity to be location-independent.

Multimedia Artists and Animators

Those who work as multimedia artists and animators specialize in creating graphics and animation for video games, television, or movies. Creatives who are in this role often collaborate with a team to bring a specific project to completion. Despite needing to work with others, multimedia artists and animators have the flexibility to work from home. Working in this position requires a strong portfolio, as well as a relevant bachelor's degree (e.g. animation, computer graphics).

Craft and Fine Artists

Love to make original works of art such as paintings, glassware, pottery, and illustrations? Craft and fine artists have the flexibility not only to work from home, but also to work on the schedule and projects of their choosing. Although no formal education is technically required to become a craft or fine artist, many artists seek degrees, certificates, and additional education to hone their skills. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 55% of craft and fine artists were self-employed in 2016, which allows them the opportunity to work from home offices or studios.

Photographers

Despite the need to work on-location during photo shoots, photographers can complete all photo editing, marketing, and portfolio management from the comfort of their own homes. In 2016, 68% of photographers were self-employed, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. This means that the majority of individuals who work in this role have the flexibility to work outside of an office or retail setting. Although employment for photographers in general is predicted to decline from 2016-2026, the BLS says that jobs for self-employed photographers should grow by 12% during that same period. While a college degree is not required for this job, all photographers must have some combination of natural talent, training, and experience to work full-time.

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