Work in a creative field and looking to make a career change? Or just curious to see what job opportunities await you as you embark on a career in the arts? Over the past several years employment practices have evolved, with more and more organizations turning to specialist sites when they seek new creative talent.
Whether you are a freelance graphic designer or an expert art handler, there is something for everyone. We've scoured the web and pulled together our top creative job boards for those who are seeking new career opportunities. And while we've focused on the United States, several sites also list international opportunities or focus exclusively on the UK. The nice part is that many also allow you to upload a portfolio, helping attract potential employers.
Take a look at what's out there and polish up your resume, as you'll see there's no shortage of work in the creative sectors.
These are the 16 top creative job boards to help you find your big break in the art and design world.
America's oldest, and largest, professional association for designers has a rich job board with work for heavy hitters like Facebook and MTV, as well as niche organizations. It's possible to search separate sections for internships and pro bono work, in addition to professional positions.
Alliance of Artist Communities
A great resource for those looking for arts positions at museums, residencies, universities, and art centers across the United States.
Americans for the Arts
This non-profit was founded in the 1960s to advance and support the arts in America. Their job bank has a wealth of positions for creatives. Most of the jobs here are at larger institutions looking for support in development, fundraising, teaching, or curation. The Smithsonian Institute, North Carolina Symphony, and the American Academy in Rome are just some of the organizations that post open positions.
Over 1,750 art institutions post jobs on Art, Frankly. Designed to make the hiring process more transparent and inclusive, current listings include the Director of Communications at the New Museum, as well as the Director of the Affordable Art Fair. There are also listings for illustrators and graphic designers. You'll need to sign up to see all of the listings, but looking for jobs is free of charge.
This site's straightforward name describes exactly what it gives you—art jobs. Creative positions around the globe are posted here with opportunities for curators and gallerists to individual artists. For instance, one current listing includes a search for someone specialized in hand-lettering, while another seeks out an artist with experience in comic coloring. In addition to jobs, you can also look for residencies, open calls, and art prizes.
With its straightforward interface, and prestigious listings from organizations like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Oakland Symphony, this job board is perfect for those looking for the best jobs in the arts. The board not only has listings with museums and galleries, but also theaters and libraries.
If you are looking for a creative career in gaming, you'll want to check out Art Station. Several international gaming studios seek out talent here, looking for high-quality creative professionals. From game artists to VFX artists, there are lots of positions to fill.
Companies like Apple, Facebook, ESPN, and HBO have been using Authentic Jobs since 2005 to fill creative positions. It's especially rich in design and marketing positions.
Behance isn't only a place to show off your creative portfolio. This go-to design site also has global listings in creative fields across the board, from furniture design and film to branding and art direction.
The portfolio site also has an active job board that allows you to search by company and keyword, as well as location, with listings both in the United States and abroad. HP, AT&T, Fox Sports, and Skullcandy are just some of the companies that search for talent here. If you are interested in teaching, several universities also put out calls for professors in creative fields here, including the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and Cornell University.
Primarily aimed at designers, this job board is a fantastic resource for those seeking opportunities in the UK or remote work. IBM, Canon, Google, and Electronic Arts are just some of the companies that place job listings on the site.
In synch with its editorial content, Dezeen's job board has international listings focusing on architecture and design. Design opportunities include multiple sections, like interior design, graphic design, and lighting design. As Dezeen is based in the UK, most of the opportunities follow suit, though international listings are sprinkled throughout.
A top platform for showing off your creative portfolio, Dribble's job listings have included work from companies like Vimeo, Tumblr, Amazon, and Microsoft. If you are designer searching for global career opportunities, Dribble is a must visit job board.
A mammoth listing site with jobs across the board, Indeed's creative jobs section contains opportunities from top level brands and creative corporations, like NBC Universal, Facebook, Adidas, Bloomingdales, and Bloomberg. And if you are just getting started in your career, you can also find work with individuals or small brands to help you build up your portfolio. You can even sign up for email alerts to make sure new listings don't pass you by.
Originally a private mailing list, Krop has grown into a service that helps you build a portfolio website. But it still has an excellent job board, particularly if you are looking for a graphic design position. The site allows you to post your portfolio online, putting your work in front of agencies and organizations like ESPN, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Electronic Arts.
This UK organization that works with screen-based creatives has a job board filled with production jobs across the UK. These creative listings for film and television include big hitters like the BBC and ITV, as well as work with production companies and studios. In addition to your normal search options, the job board lets you search for listings based on your level of experience.
This article has been edited and updated.
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