Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
listed below are 25 careers you might consider in the arts, a/v Technology & communications cluster. These are not all the career options in the cluster—they are just a sampling showing the variety of occupations available to you at different education
levels. Turn to the “online Info” on the inside back cover to research all career options in the cluster of your choice and decide on the ones that best fit your talents and ambitions. Here’s an explanation of the kind of information presented in each column.
EDuCAtIoN: This is the minimum preferred level of educational attainment for people working in the career in the united states. JoB
This can range from short-term on-the-job training to a doctoral degree taking several years of college. DESCRIPtIoN:
These are brief
EDuCAtIoN LEvELS: The color bars show the mix of education levels attained by people actually working
High School Some College College or Better descriptions of
in the profession in Texas (see bars at right). If a bar features mostly one color, that means that level of
education is likely the one you’ll need to reach to work in the profession. look at librarian, for example,
percentage of percentage of percentage of
each career from
and you’ll see that most people in the field have a college degree or better. If the three colors in the bar are
people in the people in the people in the
occupation occupation profession (online.onetcenter.org).
roughly equal in size, that means that there are opportunities in the profession for people of all education
who have who have who have a
levels. for example, about 25 percent of the people working as sound engineering technicians have a high
at most high some four-year college
school diploma, while 42 percent have some college, and 33 percent have four-year degrees or better. school diplomas college degree or better
SoC occupation Growth openings Wages Education Education Levels Job Description
administer libraries and perform related library services. work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, schools, colleges and universities, museums,
25-4021 librarian 17.9% 445 $45,436 master’s degree corporations, government agencies, law firms, nonprofit organizations, and health-care providers. Tasks may include selecting, acquiring, cataloguing, classifying,
circulating, and maintaining library materials; furnishing reference, bibliographical, and readers’ advisory services; and performing in-depth, strategic research.
27-2012 producer and director 7.9% 85 $53,715 bachelor’s plus experience
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 guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.
27-1011 Art director 9.0% 105 $67,086 bachelor’s plus experience
formulate design concepts and presentation approaches, and direct workers engaged in artwork, layout design, and copywriting for visual communications
media, such as magazines, books, newspapers, and packaging.
27-2041 Music director and Composer 14.3% 170 $40,667 bachelor’s plus experience
conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers,
composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.
27-3043 Writer and Author 8.5% 135 $45,216 bachelor’s degree originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.
27-3041 editor 18.8% 345 $43,011 bachelor’s degree perform variety of editorial duties, such as laying out, indexing, and revising content of written materials, in preparation for final publication.
27-3031 public relations specialist 33.7% 450 $49,302 bachelor’s degree
engage in promoting or creating good will for individuals, groups, or organizations by writing or selecting favorable publicity material and releasing it through
various communications media. may prepare and arrange displays, and make speeches.
27-1014 Multimedia Artist and Animator 10.1% 235 $43,490 bachelor’s degree
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.
27-1024 graphic designer 17.0% 395 $41,256 bachelor’s degree
design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. may use a variety of media to achieve
artistic or decorative effects.
27-4012 broadcast technician 13.7% 100 $28,124 associate’s degree
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. operate radio transmitter to broadcast radio and television programs.
27-4014 sound engineering technician 18.8% 35 $44,600 postsecondary award
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.
43-9031 desktop publisher 30.2% 115 $32,699 postsecondary award format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.
27-2032 Choreographer 17.7% 135 $30,252 work experience in a related occupation create and teach dance. may direct and stage presentations.
27-2011 Actor 15.2% 65 $25,300 long-term on-the-job training
play parts in stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic roles by
speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. may dance and sing.
27-1013 Fine Artist, including painter, sculptor, and illustrator 13.3% 25 $38,601 long-term on-the-job training create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques, such as painting and sculpture.
27-4021 photographer 9.0% 195 $25,895 long-term on-the-job training photograph persons, subjects, merchandise, or other commercial products. may develop negatives and produce finished prints.
27-2042 Musician and singer 21.6% 445 $36,100 long-term on-the-job training
play one or more musical instruments or entertain by singing songs in recital, in accompaniment, or as a member of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.
musical performers may entertain on stage, radio, Tv, film, or video, or record in studios.
27-4011 Audio and video equipment technician 22.6% 220 $29,474 long-term on-the-job training
set up and/or operate audio and video equipment, including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment,
sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences.
27-2031 dancer 14.3% 105 $15,184 long-term on-the-job training perform dances. may also sing or act.
25-9011 Audio-visual Collections specialist 26.7% 30 $34,390 moderate-term on-the-job training prepare, plan, and operate audio-visual teaching aids for use in education. may record, catalogue, and file audio-visual materials.
27-4031 Camera operator for television, video, and Motion pictures 5.6% 25 $26,726 moderate-term on-the-job training
operate television, video, or motion picture camera to photograph images or scenes for various purposes, such as Tv broadcasts, advertising, video production,
or motion pictures.
51-9131 photographic process Worker 2.4% 55 $17,584 moderate-term on-the-job training
perform precision work involved in photographic processing, such as editing photographic negatives and prints, using photomechanical, chemical, or
51-5023 printing Machine operator 2.2% 230 $30,562 moderate-term on-the-job training set up or operate various types of printing machines, such as offset, letterset, intaglio, or gravure presses or screen printers to produce print on paper or other materials.
assist librarians by helping readers in the use of library catalogs, databases, and indexes to locate books and other materials; and by answering questions
25-4031 library technician 26.5% 325 $24,112 short-term on-the-job training that require only brief consultation of standard reference. compile records; sort and shelve books; remove or repair damaged books; register patrons; check
materials in and out of circulation. replace materials in shelving area (stacks) or files.
39-3031 Usher, lobby Attendant, and ticket taker 14.2% 525 $14,495 short-term on-the-job training assist patrons at entertainment events by performing duties such as collecting admission tickets and passes, assisting in finding seats, and searching for lost articles.
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