Careers in the Creative Industries

Benchmark 2 – Learning from career and labour market information

Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers

Benchmark 5 – Encounters with employers and employees

Benchmark 6 – Experiences of workplaces


More often than not conversations with students about this subject focus on the Performing Arts or Art and Design. The reality is that the Creative Industries sector is much more than this. I attended a session last week about careers in the sector which really opened my eyes to vast array of opportunities that it provides to young people. There are more occupations in this sector than I could list but as well as those you are probably already aware of here are just a few jobs I had never heard of:-

  • User Experience Designer
  • Head of Story
  • Blender

Labour Market Information may be helpful to understand why this sector is one you may want to direct your students to consider.

  • There are currently 2 million people working in the sector
  • 900,000 new jobs are expected to be created by 2030
  • As a sector it is anticipated that it will be immune from the job losses expected in other areas arising from the growth in AI and automation
  • 47% of the jobs in the Creative Sector are not creative jobs. As with almost every area of the economy this sector needs people in a wide variety of roles as diverse as Customer Service, Retail, HR, Accountancy etc
  • In Peterborough there are 1,165 businesses involved in the Creative Industries employing 12, 985 people

When discussing sectors in which your students might consider working think about the Creative Sector as a collection of opportunities which almost every student may be able to consider. This includes your most artistic and creative individuals as well as those who like me have drawing skills that have not progressed beyond matchstick figures.



You should also think about the sector for visits into school and for experiences of the work place

Below you will find some websites that you may want to consider using with students or including as links in your virtual careers library

An excellent source of information about the vast range of careers in the sector

Regional data about employment in local areas