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What careers have both STEM and art?

I've always enjoyed and excelled at math and science but I've also always loved art, are there any careers that have just the right amount of both as well as pay a living wage?

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Keyston’s Answer

It sounds like you have a great mix of skills and interests. You might want to explore careers like architectural design, where you can blend your love for creativity with the technical aspects of engineering. Another option could be graphic design in the tech industry, combining artistic talent with digital tools. And don't forget about industrial design, which often involves both artistic creativity and engineering knowledge. These paths can provide a fulfilling balance of STEM and art while offering a decent income.
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Warren’s Answer

Architecture is the field for you! The STEM element truly does come first, but if you do enough of it, you'll be able to work according to your own creative designs.
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Sarah’s Answer

Medical illustrator!
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Jacob’s Answer

The first thing that comes to mind would be something like "educational animations or comics" similar to things like BrainPOP or Time Wrap Trio or something. Not sure how well that stuff pays but it would be worth looking into.
The other option would be to take a STEM related job and then open up art commissions or freelance on the side. It may be a lot on your plate sometimes but everyone is always down to support artists. Besides, you can always close commissions at certain points if it becomes too much.
Hope that helps and good luck.
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Don’s Answer

One of my good friends in engineering took his abilities in art and science, and became a computer programmer that designs things on the computer. He creates the creatures that they animate in video games. He has loved it. He is drawing on the computer every day.
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Marcia’s Answer

As a packaging engineer, I use a blend of STEM-focused knowledge to identify structural designs, while also tapping into my creativity to attract consumers and make the product easy to use. Similarly, a career in architecture also marries STEM and art-based disciplines. It's a thrilling journey that combines the best of both worlds!
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Áine’s Answer

A career in design could fulfil your love of both art and science. I studied graphic design first, before moving into User Experience Design (UX).
UX is a relatively new field of design that focuses on solving problems for people (users) through design solutions. It attracts a lot of creatives who want to do something artsy, but still make a decent wage. Having a strong STEM background is always a great thing and will make you a really strong, hireable candidate.
The great thing about being a trained UX designer is that you can work for so many different kinds of companies. There's a ton of UX jobs in tec sectors, but also business, pharma and more, so there's different ways to fulfil your love of STEM.
When I was at school, there wasn't much information about alternative careers in design, but they do exist, and they can pay very well. Sites like https://adplist.org/ let you meet with real designers for mentoring, but also to hear about their jobs. Design jobs often have many different pathways, so it could be useful to hear how different people got where they are today.
If you're passionate about art and design, keep it up! It is a hugely rewarding job and worth pursuing, and you can definitely make a living wage with it. Best of luck!

Áine recommends the following next steps:

Visit the ADP List website
Visit https://www.creativeboom.com/ to get some design inspiration from different kinds of designers
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Paul’s Answer

Architecture. It involves abilities to make engineering related calculations, the ability to draw figures and construct models, and other abilities to create buildings and civil engineering projects.
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Devyn’s Answer

If you're interested in the game development field; there a large number of specialized and general job titles that have a heavy overlap of art and STEM such as Technical Artists and 3D Generalists, and a lot of Indie game development would have you wearing multiple hats and dealing with both the artistic asset creation side and the coding heavy side of game development as well.
Or if you prefer the more business-oriented fields such as architecture/interior design and product development; there are many versatile careers that combine art and STEM fields such as architectural modeling using programs like Revit and Civil3D as well as CAD modeling careers that are more product design focused.
If you would like to narrow down some of these and want a more hands-on way to do it then I would suggest taking advantage of your student status to gain free access to many of the programs these careers use and play with them yourself/follow tutorials for them on Youtube to see which one appeals the most to you and which types of projects you personally find the most fun and satisfying to do.
Game design in particular has a lot of options for students and non-students alike to join independent indie projects such as Game Jams(short free-for-all competitions where groups make a proof of concept game together and win neat rewards/opportunities - some even offer matchmaking for individuals looking for a group to join) and tech camps that aim to teach students basic game development and get them experience in various aspects of STEM.

Devyn recommends the following next steps:

Look into upcoming game jams here https://itch.io/jams/upcoming and see if you can sign up or would want to try it out
Try some of the programs pertaining to these careers such as various CAD and 3d modeling programs (autodesk in particular gives free access to students) https://www.autodesk.com/education/edu-software/overview?sorting=a_z&filters=individual
Or try open source software such as Blender https://www.blender.org/
Check out websites that highlight what it's like to work in these fields or allow people to share the work they do professionally such as https://www.cgarchitect.com/ or even https://www.artstation.com
If you have some free time during your summer break; maybe even try signing up to a tech camp that aims to teach students various STEM skills and trying out some of the classes they offer.
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