AT A GLANCE

  • Recent data reveals that there has been a growth for jobs across creative industries all over the world
  • More and more companies are looking for tech-savvy creative professionals who offer a wide range of skills; a recent article describes this trend as a a great opportunity for the “yuccie” – young urban creative – to be recognized and compensated well for their creativity
  • Top creative freelance jobs can be found in video services, cartool illustration, design, content writing, photography, voice, and social media marketing

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Jun 01, 2016

Top Freelance Jobs in the U.S. are Creative

There’s no denying that online freelance jobs are on the rise. And it appears that creative opportunities are topping the list of top jobs, as more and more companies look for tech-savvy creative professionals who offer a wide range of skills.

A recent article by CNBC describes this trend as a great opportunity for the “yuccie” – young urban creative – to be recognized and compensated well for their creativity. The term “yuccie” was coined in a post on Mashable by self-proclaimed yuccie David Infante, and is gaining steam. Yuccies are said to be the cultural offspring of yuppies and hipsters. According to Infante, yuccies are a cross between “the yuppie’s new money thirst for yachts and recognition with the hipster’s anti-ambition, smoke-laced individualism.”

According to Freelancer.com, there has been growth for jobs across creative industries. These jobs include providing services such as graphic design, video production, and writing to businesses all over the world.

Top Creative Freelance Jobs

Video Services: General video services - including video uploads, video broadcast, video production, and video editing - have experienced a job growth of 64.3 percent since 2014. The national average salary for this role ranges from $40,000 to $58,000.

Cartoon Illustration: While traditional illustrators have experienced a decline in job growth over the past decade, there are many opportunities for cartoon illustrators in the digital marketplace with a growth of 61.4 percent since 2014. The average compensation for this role is $20 per hour.

Design: There is a plethora of employment opportunities for designers in a number of industries, including advertising, publishing, and specialized design services, as well as in the growing field of web design and Internet advertising. As more industries utilize 3-D printing, 3-D design jobs have grown, experiencing percent growth since 2014. Branding and corporate identity continue to be a major focus area for businesses, resulting in an increased demand for freelancers to design brochures and flyers. Job growth for flyer design has increased 50.6 percent since 2014, while banner design has increased 45.8 percent.

Content Writing: The demand for digital writers and editors with Web or multimedia experience is growing rapidly. Content writing applies to all types of writing on the Internet, including blogs, reviews, news updates, marketing collateral, and articles. The field has seen a job growth of 49.6 percent since 2014 and has a national average salary of $40,951.

Photography: While the job outlook for traditional media photographers is declining, there is still a high demand for commercial and portrait photographers, growing 37.2 percent since 2014.

Voice Talent: The move to digital is enabling talent to record from virtually anywhere, resulting in a job growth of 19.9 percent since 2014. Just some of the jobs requiring voice talent include telephony, audiobook readers, e-learning instruction, animation dialogue, and video game voices.

Social Media Marketing: Gartner predicts that by 2017, U.S. customer’s mobile engagement behavior will drive mobile commerce revenue in the U.S. to 50 percent of digital commerce revenue. As a result, one of the hottest creative fields today is that of a social media strategist. The industry has seen job growth of 10.35 percent since 2014. According to Statista, social media marketing will more than double by 2018 to nearly $18 billion in the U.S. alone.

It’s never been easier to make a viable creative career as a freelancer.” ~Sebastián Siseles

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