Employment of media and communication occupations is projected to grow 4 percent over the next ten years, about as fast as the average for all occupations, and will result in about 46,200 new jobs. Demand for media and communication occupations is expected to arise from the need to create, edit, translate, and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms.
The median annual wage for media and communication occupations (such as announcers, interpreters and translators, and technical writers) is $61,310, which is higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.
Media and communication equipment workers (such as broadcast and sound engineering technicians, film and video editors, and photographers) have a median annual wage of $50,870, higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy.
Announcers present music, news, and sports and may provide commentary or interview guests about these or other important topics. Some act as masters of ceremonies (emcees) or disc jockeys (DJs) at weddings, parties, or clubs.
Broadcast and sound engineering technicians set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for radio programs, television broadcasts, concerts, sound recordings, and movies.
Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication.
Film and video editors and camera operators manipulate moving images that entertain or inform an audience.
Interpreters and translators convert information from one language into another language. Interpreters work in spoken or sign language; translators work in written language.
Photographers use their technical expertise, creativity, and composition skills to produce and preserve images that tell a story or record an event.
Public relations managers plan and direct the creation of material that will maintain or enhance the public image of their employer or client. Fundraising managers coordinate campaigns that bring in donations for their organization.
Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They craft media releases and develop social media programs to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals.
Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts inform the public about news and events happening internationally, nationally, and locally. They report the news for newspapers, magazines, websites, television, and radio.
Technical writers, also called technical communicators, prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily. They also develop, gather, and disseminate technical information through an organization’s communications channels.
Writers and authors develop written content for various types of media, including advertisements; books; magazines; movie, play, and television scripts; and blogs.
Radio Operators receive and transmit communications, using radiotelephone equipment in accordance with government regulations.
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