Working in a boring career for your entire adult life is no way to spend your limited time here on Earth. Instead of being just another mindless pencil pusher in a sterile work environment, do yourself a favor and focus on finding a career that gets those creative juices flowing. While things like painting and drawing may spring to mind when you think of creative things, the truth is that there are many creative jobs where you do not even need an artsy background in order to be a success.
Want to do something creative that doesn’t leave you spending your professional career stuck in a cubicle? Not to worry, there are plenty of awesome creative jobs that you can do. To help you find something really great, we profile the top five creative careers when it comes to cool factor. Pick one of these and you just might be the only one with this gig at your high school reunion. While there are lots of great options out there for creative types seeking employment, take a look below at our current top five coolest careers for 2014.
1. Interior Designer
Interior designers can find employment almost anywhere, such as airports, malls, hotels, corporate buildings, hospitals, and homes. Interior designers make spaces functional by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items such as colors, lighting, flooring, materials, furniture, etc to create useful and stylish interiors. They must always be aware of building codes and often use blueprints as design platforms. Most interior decorators specialize in a certain area. Some may concentrate on commercial design, and others may further specialize by focusing on particular rooms such as kitchens. The room is your canvas as an interior designer.
2. Event Planner
Event planners do just as the name implies…plan events. From weddings to corporate events, children parties or business after hour’s events, an event planner can work in several industries and fields. They schedule events, select locations, create timelines, plan event details and décor, book vendors, organize everything, act as coordinator the day of and then supervise the cleanup when the event is over. The job can be hectic and even stressful, but is a great career for someone who likes to be creative and in charge.
3. Public Relations Specialist
In the public relations field, your job is to tell a story. You engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for different individuals, groups, businesses or organizations. How do you go about giving depth, color and personality to a company or business figure, while also helping to communicate the desired message and values to its audience? Having to brainstorm different ways to engage fans in events and putting funds to good causes also allows you to be creative, yet resourceful. Even when it comes to dealing with bad press or crisis situations, you must be a quick to solve problems with creative approaches.
4. Game Designer
Game designers are trained in a variety of platforms to collaborate and create great computer or video games complete with state-of-the-art animation and visual effects. Game designers work to create console, PC, and mobile games on a number of different platforms. Game designers have duties like designing characters, storylines, puzzles, plots, art and animation. They may also write code for the games with different computer programming “languages”. For anyone that loves and lives to play video games, game design could be a dream job.
5. Landscape Architect
As a landscape architect, your job is to paint color into a place that will bring it to life. Most everyone enjoys attractive residential areas, public parks, playgrounds, campuses, shopping centers, golf courses and more. Landscape architects are responsible for designing these areas so that they are functional and beautiful. They often plan the location of roads and building, and also the surroundings like arrangement of flowers, shrubs, and trees. Bringing parts of nature into more urban areas, beautifying the “concrete jungles” of the world and making spaces functional and beautiful are all part of the job.
Whether you are just getting ready to enter the workforce or are looking for a career change, these five options are great for anyone seeking a new creative gig for their career choice.