Are you "creative", even if you are a scientist? Allow me to cry out a resounding and joyous "YES"!
Creativity is generally thought to be reserved for Van Goghs, or Leonard Bernsteins - artists particularly are thought to be creative. But here is creativity's "dirty little secret": absolutely everyone has the capacity, and absolutely everyone already is creative. What makes one person madly creative is simply their use of that innate skill.
The scientist creates a world for herself of research and precision and investigation. What is she doing but creating! It's magnificent! To take disparate elements and make something new and revealing - ahhhh, that's creativity at its best.
For the artist like me who draws and who sings and acts, our creativity lies in bringing our deepest selves forward, in a communicative dance with our audience.
Whether scientist or artist, the creativity moniker is for everyone. We are creative beings, and always will be. Whether we want to push forward into new territory, challenging ourselves to grow and transform - that is what separates the creative...from the true life artist, that person who makes a work of art from their life.
I did not set out to be an artist. I set out to get through grade school - then high school. And while doing that, I started doodling. I especially loved to draw Snoopys, and I loved to draw abstract patterns. Later on, in college, I had no idea that in looking for something new to do, I would take my art to the next level, and that next I would go up yet another level in my 30's, and so on and so forth.
I am not a Creative because I draw. I am a Creative because I dare to grow and transform and express within my preferred media.
And that is precisely the same for you, whatever you do in life.