Creative and media

  • Actor

    Actors use speech, movement and expression to bring characters to life in theatre, film, television and radio.

  • Advertising account executive

    Account handler, client services executive

    Advertising account executives manage clients for an advertising agency.

  • Advertising account planner

    Strategic planner

    Advertising account planners develop and plan ad campaigns to make sure adverts reach the right audience.

  • Advertising art director

    Creative

    Art directors design images for ad campaigns, including film, TV, website and printed adverts.

  • Advertising copywriter

    Copywriter, creative, advertiser

    Advertising copywriters create the words used for print, TV, radio and online adverts.

  • Advertising media buyer

    Media buyer, TV, radio or digital buyer, out of home buyer

    Media buyers book advert space on newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and websites.

  • Advertising media planner

    Communications planner, media strategist

    Advertising media planners decide which media is best to advertise their client's products or services.

  • Animator

    2D animator, 3D animator, stop-frame animator

    Animators bring drawings and computer generated characters to life on screen.

  • Antique dealer

    Antique dealers buy and sell old objects and collector items.

  • Architect

    Architects design new buildings and the spaces around them, and work on the restoration and conservation of existing buildings.

  • Architectural technician

    Architectural technicians work closely with architectural teams on the design process of building projects.

  • Architectural technologist

    Building technologist

    Architectural technologists manage all stages of the technical design and planning process of building projects.

  • Archivist

    Curator, records manager

    Archivists look after and preserve collections of historical records and documents.

  • Art editor

    Art editors use images and words to decide what an online or printed magazine looks like.

  • Art therapist

    Art psychotherapist

    Art therapists help people express difficult thoughts and feelings through creative activities.

  • Art valuer

    Art valuers give advice on how much a piece of art or a collection of art is worth.

  • Arts administrator

    Arts administrators help organise exhibitions, manage staff and look after buildings like museums.

  • Audio visual technician

    AV technician

    Audio visual technicians install and run screens, sound and lighting equipment at events and performances.

  • Blacksmith

    Forge worker, artist blacksmith

    Blacksmiths work with different metals to make and repair decorative, industrial and everyday items.

  • Bookbinder

    Print finisher

    Bookbinders turn printed paper into books and catalogues by hand or using machines.

  • Bookseller

    Booksellers buy books from publishers or wholesalers and sell them on to customers.

  • Broadcast engineer

    Broadcast engineers make sure programmes are shown at the right times and are high quality.

  • Broadcast journalist

    Broadcast journalists research and present the news on TV, radio and the internet.

  • Ceramics designer-maker

    Ceramicist

    Ceramics designer-makers design and create products made from clay.

  • Choreographer

    Choreographers design steps, movements and dances, usually with music, for dancers and other artists to perform.

  • Commissioning editor

    Commissioning editors request or buy authors, book titles and ideas to publish them.

  • Community arts worker

    Community arts workers help local communities plan and take part in activities like drama, dance, painting and photography.

  • Computer games tester

    Games tester, quality assurance tester, video games tester

    Computer games testers play computer games to check they work and find problems or ‘bugs’.

  • Conservator

    Conservation officer

    Conservators look after and restore objects, artworks or buildings of historical importance.

  • Copy editor

    Copy editors make sure writing is clear, consistent, correct and ready to publish in printed and online publications.

  • Costume designer

    Costume designers are responsible for the overall look of the costumes and accessories in theatre, film and television productions.

  • Dance teacher

    Dance teachers train and develop their students in all types of dance.

  • Dancer

    Dance artist, dance performer

    Dancers use movement to perform for live audiences or in recorded performances.

  • Design and development engineer

    Research engineer, industrial designer

    Design engineers improve product performance and efficiency while researching and developing new manufacturing ideas and systems.

  • Director of photography

    DP, DoP, cinematographer

    Directors of photography (DoPs) manage lighting and camera crews on TV and film productions to create the right look and feel for images.

  • DJ

    Disc jockey, djay

    DJs play music for audiences in live venues, at events or on the radio.

  • Dressmaker

    Seamstress, seamster

    Dressmakers create and alter clothing like dresses, trousers and shirts for their customers.

  • Drone pilot

    Unmanned aerial vehicle pilot, UAV pilot

    Drone pilots remotely operate aircraft used in work like surveying, filmmaking and aerial photography.

  • Editorial assistant

    Publishing assistant

    Editorial assistants provide support at all stages of the publication process for books, journals, magazines and online content.

  • Entertainer

    Entertainers perform for audiences in stage, cabaret or comedy shows.

  • Ergonomist

    Human factors specialist

    Ergonomists research ways to design products, workplaces or systems to suit the people who need to use them.

  • Exhibition designer

    Exhibition designers work with organisations and individuals to turn their ideas into engaging displays.

  • Fashion design assistant

    Fashion design assistants help designers to create new materials, styles, colours and patterns for fashion brands and labels.

  • Fashion designer

    Fashion designers use creative and technical skills to design new clothing and fashion ranges.

  • Fashion model

    Fashion models promote clothing and accessory brands at fashion events and in magazines and digital media.

  • Film critic

    Film reviewer, movie critic, film writer

    Film critics analyse films and produce reviews and articles for newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, social media channels and websites.

  • Fine artist

    Fine artists create original works of art using methods like painting, drawing and sculpture.

  • Florist

    Florists sell flowers and create bouquets for weddings, funerals, events and special occasions.

  • Footwear designer

    Footwear designers create new designs and sample patterns for men's, women's and children's footwear.

  • Franchise owner

    Franchisee

    Franchise owners are self-employed people who buy a licence to operate a business under an established company's brand.

  • French polisher

    French polishers use traditional skills to treat wood and restore furniture and items like staircases, doors and musical instruments.

  • Furniture designer

    Furniture designers create designs for mass-produced furniture, furniture made in small batches and one-off pieces.

  • Furniture maker

    Cabinet maker, craft woodworker

    Furniture makers make and restore items like chairs, tables, beds and display cabinets.

  • Furniture restorer

    Furniture restorers repair and conserve modern and antique pieces of furniture.

  • Glassmaker

    Craft glassmaker, glass decorator, finisher

    Craft glassmakers design, make and decorate glass objects from windows, mirrors and tableware to one-off decorative pieces.

  • Graphic designer

    Graphic designers create visual branding, adverts, brochures, magazines, website designs, product packaging and displays.

  • Illustrator

    Illustrators produce drawings, paintings or diagrams for use in products like books and greetings cards, or on packaging.

  • Indexer

    Indexers build up lists of searchable terms for things like books, magazines, reports, websites and photographic collections.

  • Interior designer

    Interior designers plan and supervise the layout and decoration of the inside of buildings.

  • Jewellery designer-maker

    Silversmith, jeweller

    Jewellery designer-makers create jewellery and decorative products, using materials like gemstones, precious metals, acrylics and enamels.

  • Kitchen and bathroom designer

    Kitchen and bathroom designers plan and design kitchens and bathrooms to meet customer needs.

  • Knitting machinist

    Industrial knitter, knitting machine operator

    Knitting machinists produce products including clothing, soft furnishings and medical textiles on knitting machines.

  • Landscape architect

    Landscape architects plan, design and manage the landscapes we live and work in.

  • Leather craftworker

    Leather worker, saddler

    Leather craftworkers make clothes, shoes and accessories from leather, using traditional methods.

  • Lighting technician

    Gaffer

    Lighting technicians set up and operate lighting for concerts, conferences and theatre, or in film and TV productions.

  • Live sound engineer

    Audio engineer

    Live sound engineers control the sound at events like theatre performances, music concerts and festivals.

  • Make-up artist

    Media make-up artist, theatrical make-up artist, make-up designer

    Make-up artists apply make-up and style hair for people appearing on camera or in front of a live audience.

  • Market research data analyst

    Data analyst, research analyst, market intelligence analyst, statistician, data insight professional

    Market research data analysts study statistics and information collected through surveys.

  • Market researcher

    Market research interviewer, market research assistant

    Market research interviewers find out what people think about products, services or issues.

  • Marketing executive

    Digital marketing executive, marketing officer, online marketing officer

    Marketing executives promote a company's products, services or brand.

  • Marketing manager

    Brand manager, account manager

    Marketing managers plan how to promote products, services or brands and oversee all marketing activity.

  • Media researcher

    Media researchers support producers by finding information, people and places for television or radio programmes.

  • Medical illustrator

    Clinical photographer, medical videographer, medical graphic designer, medical artist

    Medical illustrators produce photographs, videos and graphical images for use in healthcare.

  • Model maker

    Model makers create 3D models for many uses, from prototypes and film sets, to construction, engineering and architecture projects.

  • Museum curator

    Art gallery curator

    Museum and art gallery curators manage collections of objects of artistic, scientific, historical and general interest.

  • Music promotions manager

    Music promotions managers publicise recording artists or live music events.

  • Music teacher

    Music teachers give music lessons to people of all ages and abilities.

  • Music therapist

    Music therapists use music and sound to help improve people's emotional well-being, relieve stress and build confidence.

  • Musical instrument maker and repairer

    Musical instrument technician

    Musical instrument makers and repairers create new musical instruments or repair ones that have been damaged.

  • Musician

    Classical musician, pop musician, instrumentalist, composer

    Musicians create or perform different types of music, from classical to pop and rock.

  • Naval architect

    Naval architects design, construct, refit and repair marine vessels and offshore structures.

  • Newspaper or magazine editor

    Newspaper and magazine editors manage the style and content of printed publications.

  • Newspaper or magazine journalist

    Reporter, press officer, features writer

    Newspaper or magazine journalists write articles and stories for local, regional, national and online publications.

  • Pattern cutter

    Pattern cutters create pattern templates based on drawings from a fashion designer to make clothes.

  • Photographer

    Photographers take and process pictures of people, places, products and events.

  • Photographic stylist

    Photographic stylists use clothes, props and accessories to stage sets and create the right 'look' and mood for a photo shoot.

  • Photographic technician

    Photo processing technician, digital imaging technician

    Photographic technicians help photographers and produce images from digital files.

  • Picture framer

    Picture framers mount items like photographs, paintings and other artwork for display.

  • Pre-press operator

    Pre-press technician

    Pre-press operators work in the printing industry, getting artwork from a client and supplying the printing plates used on a press.

  • Product designer

    Industrial designer, 3D designer, prototype designer, inventor

    Product designers create new products and improve existing ones.

  • Prop maker

    Prop designer, prop builder, props technician

    Prop makers create objects for use in films, TV programmes and the theatre.

  • Public relations officer

    PR officer, PR executive, communications officer, press officer

    Public relations (PR) officers manage the public image and reputation of organisations and individuals.

  • Radio broadcast assistant

    BA

    Radio broadcast assistants help make sure that live and recorded radio programmes run smoothly.

  • Reprographic assistant

    Print room operator

    Reprographic assistants use copiers, scanners and printers to make documents, brochures, leaflets and pictures.

  • Retail merchandiser

    Retail merchandisers make sure that goods are in the right stores, or online, at the right time and the right price.

  • Roadie

    Event technician, production technician, technical support crew, road crew

    Roadies set up and dismantle stage, instruments, sound and lighting equipment before and after live shows, festivals and events.

  • Sales manager

    Sales managers organise, coach and lead teams of sales representatives to work towards agreed targets.

  • Screenwriter

    Screenplay writer, script writer

    Screenwriters write the stories for feature films, TV programmes and computer games.

  • Set designer

    Set designers design and create the settings for commercials, television, theatre and films.

  • Sewing machinist

    Machinist, industrial sewing machinist, sewing machine operator

    Sewing machinists make clothes, accessories and soft furniture.

  • Sports commentator

    Sports announcer, sports presenter, pundit

    Sports commentators describe the action and give insights at sporting events for TV, radio and online audiences.

  • Stage manager

    Stage managers make sure the sets, equipment and props are ready for the opening of a performance.

  • Stagehand

    Stage technician, backstage crew member

    Stagehands help to get things ready on set for performances in the theatre, at concerts and in TV and film studios.

  • Stonemason

    Stonemasons carve blocks of stone, and lay and fit stonework into place on construction projects.

  • Studio sound engineer

    Audio engineer, recording engineer

    Sound engineers work in studios and make recordings of music, speech and sound effects.

  • Sub-editor

    Subs

    Sub-editors check written content before it's published in newspapers, magazines and on websites.

  • Tailor

    Bespoke tailor

    Tailors make or alter custom clothes for individual customers.

  • Tattooist and body piercer

    Body artist

    Tattooists create permanent artwork on their clients' bodies. Body piercers pierce parts of clients' bodies so that they can wear jewellery.

  • Taxidermist

    Taxidermists preserve mammals, birds, reptiles and fish for display in museums or private collections.

  • Technical author

    Technical copywriter, technical editor, technical communicator

    Technical authors write documents and guides that explain how to use products and services.

  • Technical textiles designer

    Textile technical specialist, analytical textiles technologist

    Technical textiles designers research, create and test textiles for use in healthcare, manufacturing and construction materials.

  • Textile designer

    Textile designers create fabric designs and patterns for woven, knitted and printed materials for clothes and interior furnishings.

  • Textiles production manager

    Textiles manufacturing manager

    Textiles production managers look after all stages of textiles manufacturing.

  • Translator

    Translators convert the written word from the 'source language' into the 'target language', making sure that the meaning is the same.

  • TV or film assistant director

    AD

    Assistant directors support directors by organising and planning everything on TV or film sets.

  • TV or film assistant production co-ordinator

    Assistant production co-ordinators support producers in making film or TV programmes.

  • TV or film camera operator

    Camera operators record images for film, television, commercials and online.

  • TV or film director

    Movie director, television director, director

    TV and film directors lead the creative and technical production for cinema and television.

  • TV or film producer

    TV and film producers plan and manage the business side of creating television programmes and films.

  • TV or film production manager

    Production managers take care of the business, financial and recruitment side of film and television productions.

  • TV or film production runner

    TV and film runners work behind the scenes, doing small jobs and basic tasks to help productions run smoothly.

  • TV or film sound technician

    Production mixer, audio recordist

    Sound technicians are responsible for recording the voices and background noise on TV and film shoots.

  • TV presenter

    Television presenter, TV broadcaster

    TV presenters introduce and host programmes, interview people and report on issues and events.

  • Upholsterer

    Upholsterers pad, cover and re-cover furniture with materials like leather, suede or cotton.

  • Video editor

    Film editor

    Video editors bring together images and sound for use in film, TV and online productions.

  • Visual merchandiser

    Window dresser, display assistant

    Visual merchandisers design eye-catching product displays and store layouts to encourage sales.

  • Vlogger

    Video blogger

    Vloggers create and post videos online about their life or specialist interests.

  • Wardrobe assistant

    Dresser

    Wardrobe assistants help to make, find and look after clothes and costumes used in theatre, film and TV productions.

  • Web content editor

    Content designer, digital editor, online content producer

    Web content editors research, write and manage an organisation’s online content, including text, images, video and social media.

  • Web designer

    Digital designer

    Web designers use their creative and technical skills to design new websites and redesign existing ones.

  • Writer

    Author

    Writers create written work such as books, scripts, poems, blogs and technical guides.