creative careers

Creative Careers

The creative sector is growing at twice the rate than the rest of the UK economy. That means even more jobs and opportunities in this sector!

Research from job search engine Adzuna in May 2018 analysed over one million jobs to find out which jobs in the creative industry offer the highest average salaries. 

Here are Adzuna’s top 10 highest paying jobs and what you’ll need to break into the industry:

1. Architect - £67,675
Claiming the number one spot are architects which typically involves studying for five years at university level and an additional two years of practical experience.

2. Creative Director - £60,435
Creative directors can work in any environment, from designing museum exhibitions to planning product launches. Building up your portfolio and keeping evidence of previous projects is essential to this job.

3. Sound Engineer - £52,500
Sound engineers can be found in music studios doubling as producers, or in the control booth of a theatre show. A degree in sound engineering is not essential. Apprenticeships are a good way to get hands on with the technology involved.

4. Illustrator - £50,257
The majority of illustrators do freelance work with some employers offering up to £300 a day on three-month contracts. You might not feel ready to take on freelance jobs straight so different ways, such as designing cards or drawing for your school magazine can help you develop your skills.

5. Front End Developer - £49,774
Front end developers concentrate on the computer codes that allow these visuals to work - and often require a degree in computer science, IT or engineering, but still need to be creative! On top of being imaginative, developers need a good eye to make sure that the codes they insert look good visually as well as function properly.

6. Games Designer - £41,760
Starting out with a small games company and working your way up tends to be the best way to get hands on experience. The job can get technical and requires using specialist editing programmes and gaming software. A BTEC course in Games Design or Games Animation can help you get your head around this. Universities also offer degrees in computer games programming.

7. Animator - £37,806
From the movie screen to creating visuals for corporate firms, animators are frequently hired on permanent contracts by Motion Picture Studios and PR & Advertising agencies. Due to the high level of technology used (CGI, 3D, various Adobe tools), higher education qualifications tend to be necessary. Degrees in art and design or graphic design tend to be most useful.

8. Public Relations Manager - £35,561
This role in a nutshell, is to promote and protect a brand’s reputation. You can get creative and produce innovative campaigns that get a brand national attention. But you also need to be able to handle any crisis or bad publicity. A degree in PR can be pretty helpful in giving you the skills to manage these situations and equip you with the best marketing strategies that will get a brand noticed.

9. Interior Designer - £35,383
Interior design roles are not dedicated solely to revamping living rooms. Companies often hire interior designers to create more fun and exciting work spaces. A good imagination, creative eye and overall passion for the industry are generally seen as more important for this role than any degree or certification.

10. Social Media Manager - £34,698
Demand for this role has shot up with the rise of social media, as businesses seek to stay on trend with modern audiences. This job requires more than just knowing how to post a photo on Instagram however, with handling trolls and tracking audience analytics all a part of the day to day. Most professionals in the role tend to hold PR and Marketing degrees but as this is still a relatively new industry employers tend to accept applicants with a wide range of qualifications.

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