Arts, Audio + Video Technology and Communications Careers

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The modern age has generated a massive influx of media related jobs. Careers in the broadcasting, journalism, new media, social media, and audio-visual technology are growing rapidly. America in particular has become the hub of media production, whether it be movies, television, or web content. The field of communications as a whole has been a favorite for business minded students for some time. However, continuing advancement in technology as well as increased interest in media has put an unprecedented focus on the subjects and methods for our cultural communications.

This career group includes a myriad of different types of jobs, all centered around communication and creative production. Jobs include careers in the visual and performing arts, which are the creative side of communications careers. Additionally, all jobs in the delivery and technical design of our communications, including audio/visual technicians, content producers, editorial management, etc. fall into this family of careers.

Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, or film productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or...

Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of...

Set up, maintain, and dismantle audio and video equipment, such as microphones, sound speakers, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, video cameras, video monitors and servers, and related electronic...

Speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio, television, or other communications media. May play and queue music, announce artist or title of performance, identify...

Analyze, interpret, and broadcast news received from various sources.

Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to acquire, edit, and transmit audio and video for radio or television programs. Control and adjust incoming and outgoing broadcast signals to regulate sound...

Repair and adjust cameras and photographic equipment, including commercial video and motion picture camera equipment.

Operate television, video, or film camera to record images or scenes for television, video, or film productions.

Create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.

Design and develop manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing...

Write advertising copy for use by publication or broadcast media to promote sale of goods and services.

Create or reproduce handmade objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.

Perform dances. May perform on stage, for broadcasting, or for video recording.

Format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.

Interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, television, or radio programs.

Play prerecorded music for live audiences at venues or events such as clubs, parties, or wedding receptions. May use techniques such as mixing, cutting, or sampling to manipulate recordings. May also perform as emcee...

Plan, coordinate, revise, or edit written material. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication.

Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May work with a producer or director to organize images for final production. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Set up, maintain, and dismantle light fixtures, lighting control devices, and the associated lighting electrical and rigging equipment used for photography, television, film, video, and live productions. May focus or...

Apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.

Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news.

Coordinate activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, engineering, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.

Write and transcribe musical scores.

Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.

Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical artists or groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs; or create original works of music.

Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

Play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.

Narrate or write news stories, reviews, or commentary for print, broadcast, or other communications media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, or television. May collect and analyze information through interview,...

Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects. May use lighting equipment to enhance a subject's appearance. May use editing software to produce finished images and prints. Includes commercial and...

Create original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry or song lyrics, for publication or performance.

Plan and coordinate various aspects of radio, television, stage, or motion picture production, such as selecting script, coordinating writing, directing and editing, and arranging financing.

Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or film productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests,...

Make announcements over public address system at sporting or other public events. May act as master of ceremonies or disc jockey at weddings, parties, clubs, or other gathering places.

Receive and transmit communications using radiotelephone equipment in accordance with government regulations. May repair equipment.

Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.

Sing songs on stage, radio, television, or motion pictures.

Assemble and operate equipment to record, synchronize, mix, edit, or reproduce sound, including music, voices, or sound effects, for theater, video, film, television, podcasts, sporting events, and other productions.

Create special effects or animations using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, radio, or motion picture productions.

Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.

Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.

Media and communications continue to not only grow in terms of numbers of jobs; they are also advancing and evolving. The constant state of evolution in the delivery of media continue to open up new and exciting fields for prospective professionals. The delivery of rich web media and mobile devices, for example, create entire new platforms for creative expression. Jobs in this career group should continue solid growth.

The educational requirements for the audio/visual and communications fields vary greatly. While certain technical and hands-on skills such as video editing may be learned through trade schools and certificate programs, other creative jobs have less formal requirements. Typical education for this career group includes Liberal Arts degrees and majors in business communication.

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