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The 10 Most In-Demand Creative Jobs for 2017

The 10 Most In-Demand Creative Jobs for 2017
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While the need for employees to work in technology and health care tends to get all the headlines, a number of creative positions are also in demand, new research finds. A study from CareerBuilder and Emsi discovered that there are plenty of high-paying career options for workers in creative fields. Graphic designers, art directors and public relations specialists are among the most in-demand creative jobs this year.

"Jobs that require creative thinking aren't as numerous as STEM jobs, but that doesn’t mean they aren't available or lucrative," Rob Sentz, chief innovation officer of Emsi, said in a statement. "We continue to see these jobs grow and pay a good salary."

Researchers developed this year's list based on CareerBuilder and Emsi’s labor market database, which pulls from a variety of national and state employment resources, as well as online job postings. Specifically, they looked at the current number of jobs, wages and growth over the last five years. [See Related Story: Finding Inspiration: 4 Ways to Break Through a Creative Slump]

Here are this year's 10 most in-demand creative jobs:

  1. Graphic designers: There are currently 287,000 graphic designers in the U.S., with 21,000 new jobs since 2011. They typically earn between $37,000 and $57,000 a year.
  2. Public relations specialists: There are 237,000 public relations specialists in the U.S., with 21,000 new jobs since 2011. They typically earn between $43,000 and $79,000 a year.
  3. Producers and directors: There are 123,000 producers and directors in the U.S., with 11,000 new jobs since 2011. Typically, producers and directors earn between $49,000 and $103,000 a year.
  4. Interior designers: There are 93,000 interior designers in the U.S., with 9,700 new jobs since 2011. They typically earn between $38,000 and $56,000 a year.
  5. Interpreters and translators: There are 78,000 interpreters and translators in the U.S., with 13,000 new jobs since 2011. They typically earn between $35,000 and $55,000 a year.
  6. Art directors: There are 57,000 art directors in the U.S., with 5,000 new jobs since 2011. They typically earn between $54,000 and $89,000 a year.
  7. Technical writers: There are 55,000 technical writer jobs in the U.S., with 6,500 new jobs since 2011. They typically earn between $57,000 and $87,000 a year.
  8. Multimedia artists and animators: There are 51,000 artists and animators in the U.S., with 5,200 new jobs since 2011. They typically earn between $40,000 and $64,000 a year.
  9. Commercial and industrial designers: There are 43,000 commercial and industrial designers in the U.S., with 4,300 new jobs since 2011. They typically earn between $51,000 and $75,000 a year.
  10. Film editors: There are 36,000 film editors in the U.S., with 4,800 new jobs since 2011. They typically earn between $46,000 and $92,000 a year. 
Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.