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The Strangest Creative Job Roles
The Creative industries are some of the fastest growing sectors in Wales. They cover a wide range of jobs in different sectors, from technical roles in digital media, TV, Theatre or Film to the performing arts and more traditional crafts.
You could find yourself working on a TV or film set, developing apps, curating in a museum, designing the latest fashions, performing on stage, or maybe creating your own works of art.
The Creative industries are fast moving, innovative and exciting, so be prepared for a lot of competition to get in.
of Welsh Creative
jobs are in Cardiff
Sector Statistics, 2018)
Over half, 56%
of Creative workers are
recruited through informal methods
(Creative Skillset, 2015)
of creative workers have a
Level 4 qualification or above
(WG Priority Sector Statistics, 2018)
of creative workers
(WG Priority Sector Statistics, 2018)
Wales needs more...
Marketing Associate Professionals,
Photographers, Camera and Sound Operators, Graphic Designers, Architects, Journalists and News Editors, Web Designers and Developers, Programmers and Software Developers, Librarians, Actors and Presenters, Writers and Translators, Artists, Producers and Directors, Buyers, Public Relations Professionals
What jobs can I do?
Some of the Creative jobs you could do:
Source: WG Priority Sector Statistics 2014
of creative jobs
Porth Teigr in Cardiff Bay is home to the BBC Roath Lock Studios, one of the largest investments in new drama facilities in Europe and GloWorks, a media centre for creative industries.
Source: Trade and Invest Wales
Cardiff is also one of the 12 emerging hubs of video game production in the UK.
Source: WG and Nesta report, September 2014.
Meet the Employers
These are some of the creative industries employers in Wales:
TV and Radio Production and Broadcasting, Bangor.
Production Company, Neath.
Media Production, Llanelli
Wales Interactive Ltd
Games Developer and Publisher, Bridgend.
Media Services, Mold.
Zodiac Seats (UK) Ltd
Aircraft Seating Design/
Film/TV Services, Newport.
TV/Film Production, Cardiff.
What can I earn?
Salaries can vary depending on your experience, the employer and where you live. Higher salaries can be awarded for more senior positions. Salaries also vary for self-employed workers.
Salaries for certain creative jobs will vary a lot. Salaries for jobs like Artist, Actor/Actress, Author, Broadcasting Production Assistant,Musician, Presenter in Broadcasting and Singer will depend on the type and length of contract, popularity of their work, how successful they are and whether they are employed or self-employed.
Source: CASCAiD 2015
Entry routes into the Creative industries will vary from job to job. The usual routes are either through an Apprenticeship, where you train on the job, or through a Degree level qualification. There may also be opportunities for trainee placements and graduate training schemes.
When choosing an Apprenticeship or course, it’s important to check that it’s relevant and recognised within the industry. You can do this by checking with the training provider, Sector Skills Councils, or contacting employers directly. Look out for Degrees and Apprenticeships that have been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick ; a quality mark awarded by industry for courses that they think get you ready for work.
For professional creative jobs like, broadcast engineer, computer games programmer or Graphic Designer you will normally need a degree level qualification or equivalent.
Find out how to get into different Creative jobs.
Trade and Invest Wales, 2013
Networking and word of mouth are particularly important in the Creative industries. Get to know other creative people and businesses, face-to-face, and through social media.
Build your network of contacts to sell yourself and your ideas.
Get as much work experience as you can. Lack of general work experience is one of the top 3 reasons employers give for not employing someone.
Skills in demand
Competition for creative jobs is high. As well as looking for specific job related skills and qualifications, employers want people with a range of other employability skills that will mean you can work well within busy teams of people and help make their business succeed.
They will be looking for key skills including:
- Creative ideas
- Strong communication skills
- The ability to work in a team
- Practical and technical skills, including being able to use the latest software,
e.g. Photoshop, CAD
Do I need Welsh Language skills?
If you work in Wales, being able to speak and write in both Welsh and English can give you an advantage in the workplace, particularly if you are working within Film/Animation, Interactive Media/Advertising, Publishing, Radio and TV.
In the Creative Industries…
What about the future?
We are part of the digital age, using digital technology to connect with people and reach a wide audience.
The use of digital media in almost everything we do means greater demand for jobs in IT, Software and Computer services as well as Film, TV, Radio and Photography. Think websites, social media, Apps for mobiles and tablets, gaming, online streaming and broadcasting.
Fastest growing creative jobs in Wales, shown in percentage of growth.
Source: Working Futures 2012-2022