Salaries for Arts and Communication Professionals

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In this career sector, jobs include creative and management roles in Music, Theater, Television, Journalism, and Radio. Using our salary trends and comparison tools, find the job salaries for all types of communications and arts professionals. Find out the job requirements to break into creative industries in demand, such as film, television, and Internet design.

Actors

Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, motion picture productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to...
Most have less than a high school diploma

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

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...
Most have a master's degree

Audio and Video Equipment Technicians

Set up, or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and...
Most have an associate's or 2-year degree

Broadcast News Analysts

Analyze, interpret, and broadcast news received from various sources.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Broadcast Technicians

Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Control audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts....
Most have a vocational certificate

Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers

Repair and adjust cameras and photographic equipment, including commercial video and motion picture camera equipment.
Most have an associate's or 2-year degree

Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture

Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to record images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.
Most have an associate's or 2-year degree

Choreographers

Create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Commercial and Industrial Designers

Develop and design 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...
Most have a bachelor's degree

Copy Writers

Write advertising copy for use by publication or broadcast media to promote sale of goods and services.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Craft Artists

Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Dancers

Perform dances. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for video recording.
Most have less than a high school diploma

Desktop Publishers

Format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.
Most have an associate's or 2-year degree

Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio

Interpret script, conduct rehearsals, and direct activities of cast and technical crew for stage, motion pictures, television, or radio programs.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Editors

Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Film and Video Editors

Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Graphic Designers

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.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance

Apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.
Most have a vocational certificate

Multimedia Artists and Animators

Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Music Composers and Arrangers

Write and transcribe musical scores.
Most have some college

Music Directors

Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Music Directors and Composers

Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.

Musicians and Singers

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

Musicians, Instrumental

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

Photographers

Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

Create original written works, such as scripts, essays, prose, poetry or song lyrics, for publication or performance.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Producers

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.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Producers and Directors

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

Program Directors

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

Public Address System and Other Announcers

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.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Radio and Television Announcers

Speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Radio Operators

Receive and transmit communications using radiotelephone equipment in accordance with government regulations. May repair equipment.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Reporters and Correspondents

Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Singers

Sing songs on stage, radio, television, or motion pictures.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Sound Engineering Technicians

Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Talent Directors

Audition and interview performers to select most appropriate talent for parts in stage, television, radio, or motion picture productions.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Technical Directors/Managers

Coordinate activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, engineering, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers

Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Writers and Authors

Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.
Careers in the arts and communications fields have, in recent years, enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance. Certain careers inside the arts and communication field have enjoyed steady growth due to the growth of creative industries, Internet media, and technology design. In the USA, exports in the creative fields such as movies, music, television, and Internet content have become more important relative to other industries, fueling growth in these careers.

Although they often have similar background and educational requirements, jobs in the arts and communication industry are varied and wide-ranging. Specific career paths include: Journalism, Public Relations(PR), Marketing and Advertising, Writing, Internet Design, Video production, Graphic Design, and Art/Creative Direction. Although the median salaries are often on the low-end of careers that require college degrees, the outlook for these professions remains strong due to positive macroeconomic and technological trends.
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