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The Best Career Choices for a Visual Spatial Learner

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Visual-spatial learners are highly creative, curious, out-of-the-box thinkers who learn by making intuitive leaps. They tend to forget what they hear but remember what they see. Because of the way visual-spatial learners process information and assimilate new knowledge through imagery, careers with requirements for high levels of spatial ability skills are excellent choices.

Visual Arts

One choice for a visual-spatial learner is a career in the visual arts, because it relies on the use of images, colors and textures. Careers related to visual arts are not limited to being an artist in a specific discipline such as a painter or sculptor. They also include jobs such as photographer, illustrator, art gallery curator, art museum guide, art teacher and visual art critic.


Architecture requires a mastery of visualization skills and the ability to think three-dimensionally. These skills allow architects to take an idea and to transfer it to paper or model, so anyone can see and understand the original concept. A capacity to visualize ideas and understand concept in multiple dimensions are often natural abilities of visual-spatial learners.


A visual-spatial learner may excel in any design-related profession such as graphic design, industrial design, fashion design and interior decorating. To pick the best sub-field in design, a visual-spatial learner may consider his hobbies and interests.


Engineers are required to focus on the overall product throughout a variety of smaller projects. They often need to consider multiple factors related to design, building principles, project management and business. Because visual-spatial learners typically are adept at seeing the "big picture," they often make skilled engineers who can solve problems creatively to the satisfaction of all parties involved.


Many people think that visual-spatial learners, who are generally right-brain thinkers who use images and colors as references, won't excel in sciences because of the level of abstract information involved. However, physics may appeal to visual-spatial learners because of its strong visual components, such as concepts of space and movement. Careers in physics involved teaching, research and development in areas like astronomy, navigation, space flight, optics, satellite communications, medical equipment and computers.

Therapy and Psychology

Because visual-spatial learners often clue into non-verbal signals and emotions instead of relying on verbal information, they typically access remarkable visual and intuitive abilities. The ability to “read” people can be very useful to therapists and psychologists, which makes these fields appropriate to the visual-spatial learner.


Frequently, visual-spatial learners become entrepreneurs or heads of major corporations because their inventiveness and their ability to see the relationships of large numbers of variables makes them well suited to strategic positions. Management and supervisor positions are also well-suited to the skills of visual-spatial learners.


Marie-Pier Rochon has been writing since 2005. She has served as a writer at PlaceForPoeple and a newsletter writer for the Creative Sydney festival. Previously, Rochon also worked as a communications adviser for various Canadian federal agencies. She earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors in organizational communications from the University of Ottawa.

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