9 Surprisingly Creative Jobs

creative jobsBy Rachel Farrell, Special to CareerBuilder

When you think of jobs for "creative" people, positions like actor, designer, author or artist may come to mind. But many jobs can satisfy a creative yearning.

Here are nine jobs you might not have thought about for people who like to be creative:

1. Teacher

Although teachers do have some structure in their classrooms, they also get quite a bit of freedom. Teachers can be original when it comes to their lesson plans and activities for their children, as well as in classroom traditions.

Average salary*: $47,100 to $51,180

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2. Landscape architect

Landscape architects use their creativity in designing gardens, public parks and playgrounds, residential areas, college campuses, shopping centers, golf courses and even backyards. They get to design these areas to be not only functional, but beautiful.

Average salary: $58,960

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3. Chef

We've all been to restaurants with unexpected items like bacon and avocado ice cream. There are even a few successful TV shows based on chefs competing based on the creative dishes they concoct. As a chef, you'll be able to stir up your creative juices.

Average salary: $38,770

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4. Computer applications software engineer

Computer applications software engineers develop and create software programs. In today's digital world, with smartphones, smart tablets and electronic reading devices, they have more creative freedom than ever.

Average salary: $87,900

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5. Graphic designer

Graphic design lets you be original in designs for ads, magazine layouts and websites. Be prepared for a little stifled creativity in your work, however, since some organizations have strict brand standards to which you'll need to adhere.

Average salary: $42,400

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6. Advertising manager

Folks in this occupation get to put their creativity to use generating advertising campaigns to spark interest their clients' products.

Average salary: $80,220

-- Find advertising manager jobs

7. Interior designer

Interior designers satisfy their innovative tendencies by choosing how to make a space beautiful. Their work includes picking paint colors and window coverings, choosing finishes for floors and recommending how to open up a space or make it feel cozy.

Average salary: $44,950

-- Find interior design jobs

8. Mediator

While the primary role of a mediator involves the seriousness of the law, mediators must be able to find creative solutions to prevent people who would rather sue each other from going to court.

Average salary: $57,273

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9. Product manager

Product managers help design packaging and create brands for new products. They also redesign old brands and packaging to catch consumers' attention again.

Average salary: $60,655

-- Find product manager jobs

*According to May 2008 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Rachel Farrell researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues for CareerBuilder. Follow @CareerBuilder on Twitter.

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I recently moved from graphic design to instructional design (after a 3-year pass through teaching). Instructional design - writing and developing training for business or higher education - is a wonderfully creative career with many different options for employment. I'd never heard of the profession until just before I found a job, but there are many colleges and universities where you can get bachelor's, master's or PhD's in the field. I highly recommend it for the person who is creative, likes problem-solving, and enjoys writing. If you enjoy working on computers as I do, eLearning or Instructional Technology are fun specialties in the field

September 25 2011 at 10:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm also commenting on the false information posted about teaching! I've taught for the last three years and trust me, $47,000-$51,000 is WAY above average. I've made far less then that the last few years. And for the creativity.....that was a huge reason I got into teaching.....turns out that creativity is used a minimum amount of time (at least in the 2 districts I worked). Curriculum is already planned out and it's frowned upon to add your own flavor....So are the expensive college days, long work hours, and politics in schools worth it? I think not. Perhaps if they were a little closer to that salary range or higher. It's an abused profession...teachers work long, hard hours for nearly minimum wage. Oh, and if you're thinking, "But they get 3 months in the summer and all those breaks!" Wrong! It's now 2 months in summer which they MUST HAVE to avoid a nervous break down or heart attack from the going going going through the school year....and those breaks and holidays? They're working! They may not be with the kids, but they're lesson planning, grading papers, making assignments, cutting out dice for math games, cutting out lamination, plotting out discussions for reading lessons......Teachers never take breaks...Not even to pee!!!

September 14 2011 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

this article is a ******* joke. writing something like this could be "surprisingly" more creative! give me a break....

September 12 2011 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

LOL, I love the salary they put down for teachers, too! Most start out at about $28- 30,000/year. The pay reported on here would be with either a master's degree and/or MANY years of teaching! Not average at all!

September 12 2011 at 9:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Teacher? Really? I did my student teaching in 2008 and I was one of the lucky ones who was able to create a lesson plan. I saw many of my peers having to teach scripted lesson plans from a cookie cutter box ,a la the Reading First program. Reading First was a flop, but there are many boxed curriculum out there. I taught high school in Hawaii and we used one called America's Choice. It's not very creative when you read from a script.

September 12 2011 at 7:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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