Growth Trends for Related Jobs
Right-brain-dominant people are creative, intuitive and emotional, and often have artistic skills and innovative ideas, suggests playwright and author E.E. Smith in Psychology Today. When looking for a well-suited career, consider jobs that require creative thinking, artistic talent and inventiveness. Avoid positions where the bulk of your responsibilities require intense problem solving skills or inflexible, organizational skills.
Jobs with a Creative Edge
Opt for a job that requires creativity, imagination and the ability to develop new methods, products and services. For example, careers in architecture, transportation logistics, workplace design and product development require original ideas and the ability to think outside the box. According to Daniel Pink, author of "A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future," right-brain dominant careers have a better job outlook than left-brain jobs. Many left-brain professions, such as accounting and computer programming, are easily automated and outsourced. Right-brain skills involve a personalized, human approach and aren't easily duplicated or automated.
Consider jobs that require visual thinking -- the ability to understand, retain and interpret information that's associated with images, rather than words alone -- such as marketing and advertising. Use your right-brain strengths to create visually appealing ads, eye-catching products and strong nonverbal messages that appeal to consumers. Al Ries, chairman of an Atlanta-based marketing strategy firm, says that marketing agents consider what's in the minds of consumers and use perception, intuition and holistic thinking to address their needs.
Digital Design Professions
Choose a profession that combines your artistic strengths and talents with your technological expertise, such as graphic design, Web design, art directing, entertainment software development, layout design, digital illustrating, user experience design and multimedia animation. These jobs allow you to use your subjective thinking skills, intuition and artistic talents -- as well as your computer skills -- to create digital designs. Employment of Web developers is expected to grow 20 percent to 2022, and jobs for software developers are expected to grow 22 percent, according to 2012 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A Balanced Perspective
Don't let right-brain-dominant thinking processes limit your ability to succeed in a variety of careers that involve both right- and left-brain skills, such as teaching, engineering, nursing, customer service, human resources and business. The left and right sides of the brain are wired together, so they coexist and continually interact with one another. Much of what we consider either right- or left-brain activity is actually performed by both sides as they work together to create a unified system, says cognitive neuroscientist Stephen Kosslyn. Pursue career options that interest you and don't get too worried about trying to find a career that aligns perfectly with right-brain dominance.
As curriculum developer and educator, Kristine Tucker has enjoyed the plethora of English assignments she's read (and graded!) over the years. Her experiences as vice-president of an energy consulting firm have given her the opportunity to explore business writing and HR. Tucker has a BA and holds Ohio teaching credentials.