Career Options for People with Good Visual and Spatial Skills

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Career Options for People with Good Visual and Spatial Skills

People with visual and spatial skills process information with a pictorial orientation. CareerStint enlists some career options for people with good visual and spatial skills.

“The visual-spatial learner thrives on complexity, yet struggles with easy material; loves difficult puzzles, but hates drill and repetition.”

Linda Kreger Silverman

A skill set is something every one of us possesses. All of us have an inherent talent that helps us make certain choices in our life. A majority of people fall under a common category that places them as the regular man, while some others possess certain other qualities that classify them as ‘different from others’. That said, there are many people among us who possess visual and spatial skills. They have a different way of storing, understanding, and interpreting information. They have to choose their career paths accordingly so that they can utilize a majority of their talent efficiently. There are a number of jobs for people with visual-spatial intelligence. Go through the paragraphs below, which elaborate on some of the career options for visual learners.

A Summary of Visual and Spatial Skills

  • Spatial intelligence is the ability to understand spatial relations. Spatial relations demonstrate the location of an object in space in relation to some other object.
  • When we say that someone has spatial skills, it means that they can conjure up a three-dimensional image of something in their minds with respect to something they have read or observed.
  • Visual skills are nothing but the ability to view objects by means of visual images. That is why these skills are combined; a person makes use of his spatial ability by means of his visual ability to see, feel, and perceive things.
  • Such people have brilliant visual sensing that helps them create images in their minds; this sharpens their visual memory and aids them in related jobs.
  • Spatial skills are essential in a majority of arenas; thus, they have an advantage over others to choose a variety of jobs. You would be surprised at the number of choices that might come up.
  • While a majority of such learners possess poor auditory skills, there are a few exceptional cases who have this talent and can process tasks sequentially, i.e., they may not be able to immediately find a solution to the problem by means of visual data processing, but they have the ability to process the same, step-by-step, until they arrive at a solution. This count is rare though.
  • They also have a wonderful ability to read and understand people by means of their expressions or speech. Their visual skills help them understand body language, because of which they can be great psychologists.

Personality Factors

A list of strengths and weaknesses of people with visual-spatial intelligence:


  • Excellent visual memory
  • Good sense of humor
  • Complex thinking capacity
  • Love puzzles (i.e., challenges)
  • Excellent in analyzing math solutions
  • High analytical ability
  • Good at spatial relations
  • Brilliant abstract reasoning
  • Good comprehension skills
  • Great fascination for computers


  • Poor rote learning capability
  • Poor in languages
  • Not very good at calculations
  • Low theoretical memorizing power
  • Hate monotony
  • Cannot perform repetitive tasks
  • Slow in recognizing words
  • Inattentive and disorganized
  • Less able to think and then act
  • Low in phonetics

Career Options

Some jobs for visual learners are enlisted below.

Graphic Designer

Graphic designer at work
  • This has to be an obvious career choice for people with visual skills.
  • The field of graphic design (or any related field, say interiors, fashion, etc.) requires one to possess an innovative mind.
  • Visual imagination is very essential to create images, design graphics, use different color combinations, etc.
  • Designers need to have a high level of creativity to be able to think in the most aesthetic way. Visual skills are vital for the same.
  • Other fields that could be advantageous include painting, animation, sculpting, etc.


Smiling Male Architect Holding Blueprint
  • An architect creates diagrams of buildings and other structures and then prepares 3-D models of the same.
  • A person with visual and spatial skills is a perfect fit for this profession; the field of architecture primarily requires one to have these traits.
  • An architect needs to have a creative mind so that he can put his ideas on paper and help build beautiful homes.
  • He needs to have a mastery over spatial relations so that he can help create the live model of a building.
  • He must be clear in his visualization so that he can explain the original concept to his clients.
  • He must also be able to understand other spatial models.


Biochemist at work
  • A biochemist needs to have an extensive knowledge of all the disciplines of science, with biology and chemistry topping the list.
  • He needs to have spatial knowledge to understand the working of cells and molecules.
  • He needs to have good visualization skills to picture and draw scientific concepts for others to understand.
  • Spatial knowledge is required in a wide variety of fields including scientific research and development.
  • People with visual-spatial skills do not like memorization and hard core facts; yet, their talents offer them a fairly good number of career options in science.

Genetic scientists

Genetic scientists
  • Many of the spatial intelligence careers are related to science, as mentioned above.
  • Genetics is a branch of science that combines the study of life sciences as well as information systems.
  • It requires one to have strong visualization and spatial skills in order to conduct research.
  • These skills are also required to analyze, process, and interpret different kinds of information.
  • Any other related career in the science field will do very well for the visual-spatial combo.

Industrial Mechanic

Industrial mechanic making object
  • To be a successful industrial mechanic, one requires to have a fascination towards machines.
  • He needs to keep in mind the overall design of the product in hand, observe it through various angles, and then find the problem.
  • To come up with a series of solutions, he has to picture the product design again, find out the flaws, and reconstruct the model in his mind.
  • These activities require him to have a mastery over spatial relations and visualization.


Female physicist
  • As mentioned before, such people perform very well in the field of science, especially in physics.
  • This is a subject that encompasses plenty of visual attributes, especially while explaining core concepts, like electromagnetism, dynamics, etc.
  • It requires you to have a creative mind to think about the concepts in detail and then implement them successfully.
  • While studying about topics that involve space and movement, you need to employ your spatial aptitude to arrive at the right solution.
  • These skills are vital to be a physicist. Related career options include astronomy, research, navigation, space science, computers, satellite, etc.


Entrepreneur doing work
  • While it may not be the most suitable career, it is one of the ‘near-ideal’ options.
  • Spatial aptitude is not useful in solely creating 3-D models and other technical concepts, but the knowledge and ability can be used to brainstorm business ideas as well.
  • It may be even more beneficial if the venture is related to something creative.
  • To devise business strategies, create advertising jingles, logos, tag lines, marketing gimmicks, etc., one requires visual skills.
  • Besides, you need spatial ability to conjure smart tactics and come up with better ideas to improve the business.
  • Thus, entrepreneurship is a fairly decent choice for a visual-spatial person.


Female physical therapist
  • As mentioned earlier, people with the visual-spatial combination have the ability to read minds (not literally).
  • They can understand your feelings and thoughts through your body language and speech.
  • Accordingly, they can conjure up a suitable image in their minds about the kind of person you are, the problems you are facing, and the solutions that might help you.
  • They might be slightly insensitive, so they may not be very sympathetic towards their patients; but from a critical thinking perspective, they will offer the right advice.
  • A career as a therapist can be very beneficial for a person with visual and spatial skills.

While some skills are inborn, many of them can be developed. Visual-spatial learners possess a natural skill; therefore, they can use it to their advantage. But if one does not possess the same, it does not mean that they are dumb or slow learners. Always remember that every person is special; it is up to the individual to identify his strong and weak points and balance his personal and professional life accordingly.

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