Everything you need to know about creative jobs in STEM

Creativity and STEM careers are no longer chalk and cheese. Check out these creative jobs that bridge STEM + the Arts, and get thinking about how you can create your own creative career!

Science + Arts

Getting creative with science is easier than you might think. Check out these creative jobs that take science knowledge and turn it into Art + Design.

1. Science Communicator

Are you better with words than performing experiments? A career as a Science Communicator may be for you. You’ll need to grasp complex scientific theories, but you’ll spend your day writing about them instead of using beakers and bunsen burners to get the job done. You could work for a magazine, report on current events in the world of science, or write for websites like CareerswithSTEM.com.au!

2. Scientific Illustrator

Match your drawing skills with your love of science and create a career as a Scientific Illustrator. You might spend your time drafting drawings of molecules and cells that we can’t quite capture with a camera, or you could work on medical diagrams.

What other Science + Arts careers can you dream up?

Think of it like an equation to solve:

Science + Food = Food Scientist.

Science + Animation = Biomedical Animator.

How many more can you think of?

Check out this creative job in science!

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Merritt Moore, Dancing with Physics

Merritt Moore decided to pursue both her passions at a professional level. Now she’s got a PhD in Physics and is a professional ballerina!

Tech + Arts

Working a tech career doesn’t have to involve coding all day long. Check out these creative careers that have technology at their core.

1. Animator

Use your artistic flair alongside your tech knowhow to become a Digital Animator. Whether that means working with big production houses like Disney or Pixar to bring your favourite film characters to life, or creating graphics for games and software.

2. Lighting Designer

The sky’s the limit when it comes to STEM and creative careers, and this niche career is just one example of thinking outside the box. Lighting designers use tech to choreograph the movement and placement of lights in an industrial or commercial setting. Thinking big, this career could land you a gig as the lighting designer for major events like the Olympics, or if you add some Engineering in the mix you could become an Architectural Lighting Designer.

What other Tech + Arts careers can you dream up?

Think of it like an equation to solve:

Tech + Fashion Design = 3D printed Fashion Designer.

Tech + Music = Sound Designer.

How many more can you think of?

Check out this creative tech career!

Charne Esterhuizen Maak Clothing fashion designer

3D printed Fashion Designer, Charne Esterhuizen

Charne has designed and constructed a beautiful gown made up of 3D printed butterflies, in an effort to reduce waste in the fashion industry.

Engineering + Arts

Engineering makes a great pair with creativity. Here’s 2 different ways you can combine Engineering and the creative discipline of your choice:

1. Sound Engineer

Got a penchant for music? Engineering offers so many careers options that involve listening to your favourite tunes. If you’re keen on the construction side of Engineering, become an Acoustic Engineer and you could be designing and building music venues for optimised acoustics. Prefer something along the lines of Electrical Engineering? You could create the technology that delivers sounds, like speakers and sound systems.

2. Entertainment Engineer

Ever wanted to work in the glitz and glam of the Entertainment industry… but still keep your day job? Engineers are required on film sets, circuses, rock concerts and more to bring a production’s creative vision to life. With safety and function front of mind, becoming an Entertainment engineer will keep you as busy as any other Engineering career with a bit more glitter and glam added.

What other Engineering + Arts careers can you dream up?

Think of it like an equation to solve:

Engineering + Technology & Design = Smart Architect.

Engineering + Art = LEGO Designer.

How many more can you think of?

Check out this creative engineer!

Belinda Teh, Software Engineer

Belinda Teh works with Shoes of Prey to create their software that allows shoppers to design their perfect pair of shoes, down to every little detail!


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Maths + Arts

Maths is a skill that underpins so many different creative jobs. Use your maths skills in unexpected areas like fashion, movement or design!

1. Small business owner

There’s so many maths and finance opportunities in small business. Create a small business opportunity in an area that interests you, so you can use your maths skills every day in a job you love. Perhaps you could put your maths skills to use in pattern making and fashion like Maggie McGowan and her label, Magpie Goose.

2. Data Visualisation

There’s an art to translating masses of data and information to an easy-to-read format. There are whole departments dedicated to making sure data is transformed from a mess of letters and numbers, to beautifully clean diagrams and visuals. You’ll usually find data visualisation roles across businesses in tech and finance, to manage customer data and inform sales teams.

What other Maths + Arts careers can you dream up?

Think of it like an equation to solve:

Maths + Design = Wearables designer.

Maths + Dance = Biomechanics.

How many more can you think of?

Check out this creative maths career!

Lily Serna, Mathematician and TV Presenter

Lily Serna shares her maths knowhow as TV Presenter for SBS’ Letters and Numbers!

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