Think you can’t scratch your creative itch and earn a good living in the process?

Think again. The employment market is chock-full of high-paying jobs for creative thinkers with career-oriented degrees or certificates. In many fields, newly minted graduates earn comfortable livings; in others, such as architecture, some post-graduate training is expected or required.

Let’s take a closer look at these high-wattage opportunities for aspiring creatives.

 Digital Filmmaking

 For better or worse, the film industry has gone digital. That’s great news for tech-savvy creatives looking to make their mark behind the camera (and, let’s be honest, the computer terminal). Career-oriented schools like the Centre for Arts and Technology offer competitive digital filmmaking credentials that set budding auteurs up for success while giving them the skills they need to navigate technical aspects of their craft.


 In the United States, the typical architect earns a whopping $110,000 annually. That’s fantastic money, though to be fair, architects must train for a very long time and really only enter their prime earning years once they’re settled in at a firm.

Still, it’s hard to argue with that kind of money. If you have an eye for detail and a passion for turning envelope-pushing concepts into tangible realities, you’ll thrive in the architecture field — and live well to boot.

 Interior Design

 Like architects, interior designers transform concept into reality, even (and especially) when the naysayers swear it can’t be done. Although interior design is increasingly tech-driven, successful designers needn’t master multiple programming languages to compete. And they needn’t sit behind a computer screen all day, either — though many do work in clients’ office suites, as some of the most exciting trends in interior design are happening in the office niche.

 Digital Photography

 In a world awash in stock photography, can line photographers really still earn a living?

The short answer is, it depends. What’s indisputably true about the photography business circa 2020 is that photographers with career-oriented digital photography degrees are highly employable. If you’re comfortable working with high-powered photo editing software, there’s ample opportunity in this particular creative field.

 Studio Production

 Are you a creature of the studio already? Make it official with a studio production degree that gives you the skills and street cred necessary to pursue a career in the music business. Someday soon, perhaps you’ll find yourself cutting your own records.

 Web Development

 If you don’t mind being tied to a computer most of the day, web development is a great gig. You’ll earn a comfortable living right out of the gate and find endless opportunities to put your ideas to paper (or code). Plus, employers’ appetite for web developers is insatiable; it’s hard not to find work in this business.

Get Paid to Do What You Love

 If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. That’s what they say, at least.

You don’t have to agree wholeheartedly with this truism to recognize that it’s far better to enjoy your 9-to-5 (or 5-to-9) workday than to simply endure it. You’ll feel better about yourself and achieve more in your career if you’re genuinely enthusiastic about your occupation. And, if you pursue any of these highly marketable creative degrees, you’ll set yourself up for financial success as well.