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The Arts, Media, and Entertainment Sector offers a broad range of employment opportunities. The variety of careers in this sector can accommodate different personalities ranging from eccentric actresses and professional gamers to multi-tasking managers. To be successful in these careers, self-discipline is a must. Work is often project-based, requiring time management skills with the ability to meet strict deadlines. Academic studies are needed to understand and keep up with changing technology used in this industry. A broad academic background, and interpersonal skills are also valuable. Participating in the arts promotes teamwork, communication skills, critical thinking, and decision-making abilities.

Career Pathways

This pathway includes occupations that use tools and materials as the primary means of creative expression. Artists and photographers use visual mediums as their tools in the same way writers, poets, and publishers use written mediums. The electronic and aural fields used in this pathway are constantly changing as technology evolves, requiring continuing studies to keep up. With the increasing use of art and design elements in daily life, the demand for jobs in this pathway will continue to grow.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Graphic Designers
  • Lighting Technicians
  • Film Loaders
  • Publicity Directors
  • Cutters/Fitters/Seamstress
  • Fine Artists
  • Media and Design Arts Technicians
  • Photographers
  • Special Effects Coordinators
  • Videographers
  • Camera Operators
  • Animators
  • Sound Technicians
  • Make-Up Artists
  • Sign Painters

The Performing Arts Pathway includes occupations that involve the direct creation of art and entertainment by the individual artist. The performing artists are themselves the means of creative expression, without a dependence on an outside medium.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Actors
  • Announcers
  • Radio/Television Broadcasters
  • Music Directors/Conductors
  • Dancers
  • Voice-Over Artists
  • Fashion Models
  • Entertainers
  • Musicians
  • Film Composers
  • Stunt Doubles
  • Composers
  • Choreographers

The Production and Managerial Arts Pathway focuses on the technical, organizational, and managerial knowledge and skills necessary to bring arts, media, and entertainment to the public. Artistic occupations require some form of publication to reach their target audience. Managers are needed to advance individual careers, technicians are needed to craft and run shows, producers are needed to create the shows, and editors and proofreaders are needed to help bring shows to life.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Production Managers
  • Stage Managers
  • Costume Designers
  • Set Designers
  • Publishers
  • Entertainment and Web Site Technicians
  • Performance Tour Managers
  • Camera Operators
  • Sound Engineers
  • Producers
  • Sound Design Editors
  • Visual Effects Coordinators

Labor Market Information

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Occupation Title Employment Levels in 2006 Projected Employment Level 2016 Projected Job Growth Percent of Job Growth 2008 Hourly ¹Mean Wage 2008 ²Weekly Mean Wage 2008 ³Monthly Mean Wage 2008 Annual Mean Wage
Actors
50,500 59,400 17.6% $23.09 $923.60 $3,879.12 $46,549.40
Architects
15,700 16,900 7.6% $39.37 $1,574.80 $6,614.16 $79,369.90
Artists, Performers & Athletes Agents
8,000 9,300 16.3% $48.46 $1,938.40 $8,141.28 $97,695.40
Broadcast Technicians
4,800 5,600 16.7% $19.00 $760.00 $3,192.00 $38,304.00
Camera Operators
7,100 8,300 16.9% $27.54 $1,101.60 $4,626.72 $55,520.60
Choreographers
4,000 3,900 -2.5% $23.37 $934.80 $3,926.16 $47,113.90
Coaches and Scouts
27,700 31,900 15.2% $20.22 $808.80 $3,396.96 $40,763.50
Court reporters
2,000 2,400 20.0% $33.48 $1,339.20 $5,624.64 $67,495.70
Dancers
3,400 4,100 20.6% $12.20 $488.00 $2,049.60 $24,595.20
Event planners
5,300 6,100 15.1% $24.74 $989.60 $4,156.32 $49,875.80
Fashion designers
4,600 5,300 15.2% $36.64 $1,465.60 $6,155.52 $73,866.20
Film & Video Editors
7,000 8,200 17.1% $38.62 $1,544.80 $6,488.16 $77,857.90
Interpretors & Translators
7,100 9,200 29.6% $21.15 $846.00 $3,553.20 $42,638.40
Jewelers
5,700 5,800 1.8% $14.54 $581.60 $2,442.72 $29,312.60
Multi Media Artists & Animators
27,900 36,800 31.9% $38.98 $1,559.20 $6,548.64 $78,583.70
Music Directors & Composers
6,500 7,400 13.8% $40.57 $1,622.80 $6,815.76 $81,789.10
Musicians
21,000 22,900 9.0% $13.04 $521.60 $2,190.72 $26,288.60
Producers and Directors
21,100 24,700 17.1% $47.50 $1,900.00 $7,980.00 $95,760.00
Public Relations Specialists
26,000 30,800 18.5% $31.39 $1,255.60 $5,273.52 $63,282.20
Set & Exhibit Designers
2,300 2,700 17.4% $30.34 $1,213.60 $5,097.12 $61,165.40
Writers & Authors
17,800 21,100 18.5% $44.93 $1,797.20 $7,548.24 $90,578.90