You Get Paid to Do What? 5 Unique Jobs for Creative Types

These out-of-the-box careers are perfect options

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In today’s ever-evolving job market, you might be surprised at the new careers that have popped up over the past few years or even ones that have been there all along. Stepping outside of traditional jobs and into fields that allow you to be creative, there are many people who are slowly learning how to turn their creative niches into profit. Below are five unique jobs that people actually make a good living pursuing:

1. Greeting Card Writers: Ever wonder who’s the creative person behind that birthday card you just purchased or the seasonal card you just handed out to your loved ones last holiday? Yes, there are professionals out there who make a living creating the sweet words and funny sayings inside cards that we purchase. According to the Department of Labor, they can make anywhere between $30,000 and $45,000 a year, while also making a extra money if they freelance and write slogans for t-shirt companies, coffee mugs and other souvenir items.

Phone App Creators: With the emergence of technology, smartphones and many people’s obsession with gaming and having access to do things at the tip of their fingers, there are some people who have perfected the job of creating apps for your technology devices and make a pretty good living off of doing so. According to the job site Glassdoor.com, the average salary for app developers is around $80,000 per year, depending on what company you work for.

3. Voice Actors: If you’re always told that you have a unique voice, then you may be in luck for a job off your natural vocal sound alone. From doing cartoons to video games and radio and television commercials, there are many companies who are looking for that unique money-making voice that will help draw people to their product. According to CareerBuilder.com writer Justin Thompson, you can make as much as an average of $75,000 per year, which isn’t bad at all for someone who is basically getting paid to talk.

4. Video-Game Tester: Anyone who’s addicted to playing games all day may be in luck with a career as long as they’re willing to put in extremely long hours to get the job done. Video game testers play games for hours at a time to ensure that the game is working properly and there aren’t any bugs or glitches in the software. As with many industries, gaming is one that’s really all about who you know. One of the best ways to break into the business is to simply reach out to any and all game developers you come across. On average, video-game testers can make $44,600 per year.

5. Recreational Therapists: If you love getting people involved in arts and crafts, games, sports and other activities that people usually do in their spare time, then a recreational therapist may be the perfect job for you. With the help of a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation or a healthcare-related field, and certification from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), you can be in charge of helping those who suffer from recent injuries or disabilities get back into enjoying life with activities that make them happiest. Recreational therapists can earn an average of $39,000 to $41,000 per year.

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