Career Options for Creative Introverts
Most introverts like solitude and introspection, which often relates nicely with creative careers in art or other positions that require creative thinking. Below is a table that lists just a few of the career options for creative introverts that tend to have less social interaction than other creative positions.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2016)*||Job Growth (2014-2024)*|
|Multimedia Artists and Animators||$65,300||6%|
|Writers and Authors||$61,240||2%|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Career Information for Jobs for Creative Introverts
A fine artist may be an obvious career choice for a creative introvert, since they can work individually on their art to later sell or display it. Fine artists specialize in a wide array of media and styles, including painting, sculpting, knitting, glassblowing, drawing and more. Fine artists usually have a bachelor's or master's degree in the field, and therefore, are highly trained in specific techniques utilized in their area of expertise, such as color, texture and space. These artists usually work to build their professional portfolio, and may need to pursue grants and other funding opportunities to continue their work.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Multimedia artists and animators may have some social interaction with clients and teams of artists to work on a particular project, but most of their creative work is done individually. These artists are responsible for creating the images, models and animations for a range of media. They may work to design video game characters, visual effects for movies or television shows and more. They usually begin their work with storyboards and drafts that must be approved by directors, clients and/or other animators. Multimedia artists and animators may create 2-D or 3-D imagery. These professionals need at least a bachelor's degree, and they often need to spend time building their portfolios for advancement.
Writers and Authors
Writers and authors create a variety of written works. They typically are in contact with an editor but can be left to themselves as they write songs, books, poems, plays, articles, blogs and more. They also have the option of publishing their work in various media, like magazines, newspapers or online. Writers and authors can write about anything that interests them, and they may specialize in a particular subject area, genre or style of writing. Many of these professionals hold at least a bachelor's degree, but experience and good writing skills may be enough to land a job.
Photographers, like writers and authors, have many different kinds and styles of photography to choose from. Some of these styles require more interaction with people, such as portrait photography, but others could allow for complete solitude, like fine arts photography. Fine arts photography probably allows for the most creativity, since the photographer chooses the subject and style of the image. All photographers are trained to use different photographic and lighting techniques to capture their desired image, and usually they're trained in some kind of photo-enhancing software. They also maintain a detailed portfolio, which they may need to use to find clients. Most photographers do not need a postsecondary degree, but some more technical or scientific photography positions may require a bachelor's degree.
An animal trainer may not be an obvious choice for creative introverts, but this position does require some creative thinking and would allow an introvert to work alone with a particular animal. An animal trainer will need to have some contact with an animal's owner, but they'll then work individually with the animal to teach them how to respond to a particular signal. They may need to get creative, using different combinations of their voice, whistles or hand signals to get the desired action from the animal. They must also adapt their work to match the personality of the animal they are working with. Animal trainers usually work with dogs, horses or marine animals to train them for performances, competition or even to be used as service animals. They usually have a high school diploma but could need a bachelor's degree.