Some people go to college with the sole intention of landing a well-paying job, and others seek new mental challenges with no particular career path in mind. Most creative types shun the rigidity of business, law and science programs and are quick to choose broad majors like English or Visual Art. Unfortunately, many humanities degrees are becoming less useful in tough economic times. Here are some lesser considered degree programs from guest author Alex Faubel that will keep creative minds engaged and help them find work in growing fields.
The Food Network has taught Americans that cooking is both an art and a science, but watching Gordon Ramsey all day won’t make you a master chef. A culinary arts degree will help cultivate your palate to identify subtle taste differences and give you the tools that you need to craft delicious and beautiful dishes. While pursuing your degree, you can easily find a job in a kitchen to gain industry experience.
2. Graphic Design
What does nearly every item in every store have in common? All of their packages are adorned with a brand name and a logo born from the brain of a graphic designer. Print and web advertising are perfect fields for tech savvy people with an artistic eye, and many graphic designers do freelance work such as business card and pamphlet design for extra income.
3. Architectural Design
Some of the world’s most recognizable pieces of art are multifunctional. The Sacré-Cœur, the Sistine Chapel and the Empire State Building attract viewers from across the globe with their beauty in addition to housing office buildings and pictures of the Pope. Behind every building is an aspiring artist, and a degree in architectural design is a great way to truly share your talents with the world.
4. Urban Planning
If you have an appreciation for infrastructure but are more of a “big picture” person, consider urban planning. Designing neighborhoods and parks requires an understanding of mathematics, sociology and visual art. A degree in urban planning can at last prove to your parents that all the time you spent playing SimCity as a child was not time wasted.
5. Game Design
Speaking of which, video games have long supplanted baseball as the great American pastime. Once confined to the bedrooms of children and frat boys, games are now on virtually every smartphone in America. Game design is a highly collaborative field that always needs new visual artists, software engineers and creative writers. If you have a knack for all three, game design might be an ideal career path. Best of all, you can count all of your hours playing Skyrim and FarmVille as “research.”
6. Public Relations
Companies hire public relations specialists to maintain the good favor of the public eye. To accomplish this goal, people in the industry manage marketing campaigns and allocate charitable spending. More importantly, businesses and politicians need public relations specialists to put a positive spin on crises. Public relations gurus must use their creative talents to always see the bright side of any situation; for example, an oil spill in the ocean is an opportunity for a fuel company to show the world how much it cares about the environment by cleaning up.
7. Instructional Design
Teaching is one of the noblest professions that attract creative spirits. Unfortunately, teaching is stressful, the pay is poor and educational budget cuts are making positions harder to find. If you have a talent for teaching but don’t want to go the traditional route, consider the rapidly growing field of instructional design. In addition to making lesson plans and assessment tools for K-12 students, instructional designers also make materials for the military and businesses.
Many recent graduates have a tough time finding jobs that foster their creativity. Those listed above have just enough creative flair to keep these minds content, while also contributing to a competitive job market and utilizing specialized education programs.
Guest author Alex Faubel enjoys writing about topics related to business and technology in career-focused education programs.
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