Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications

3D=Draw, Dance, Drama

Industry Overview

The Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications cluster can best be described as a group of career paths that are designed to get information and entertainment to the masses. As there are many ways that information is obtained, and a lot of work that goes into preparing and disseminating this information, this provides for a multitude of potential career options. These options include careers in telecommunications, performing arts and even journalism. With the evolving nature of how we consume information, the Internet has created many opportunities for people to break into this cluster with minimal education. New mediums even allow for people to have their voice heard without having to be hired by a television station or newspaper.

Explore Careers in this Industry

Actor

Career Overview

Actors portray characters in television, movie, commercial, and theater productions.

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$18,000 /yr
$36,000 /yr
$200,000 /yr

Artist - Lou

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An artist may create any type of art. Lou, the artist featured in the video, primarily creates sculptures.

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$21,000 /yr
$48,000 /yr
$99,000 /yr

Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations - Brian

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An athletic director for media relations at a university has the job of promoting the athletic program in the community.

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$35,000 /yr
$51,000 /yr
$76,000 /yr

Athlete

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An athlete is a person who gets paid to play a sport professionally. Use the search box to find the video made by Terrell Thomas, a professional football player!

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$19,000 /yr
$47,000 /yr
$208,000 /yr

Camera Operators (Television and Video)

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Video camera operators operate video cameras and related equipment to record news, live events, films, videos and television broadcasts.

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$26,000 /yr
$55,000 /yr
$109,000 /yr

Chief Meteorologist

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A broadcast meteorologist provides weather forecasts through television or radio broadcasts.

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$48,000 /yr
$85,000 /yr
$140,000 /yr

Cinematographer - Maxx

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Cinematographers are in charge of shooting videos, which may involve coordinating the crew, working with lighting, and working with the director to make sure each shot is exactly how the director would like to see it. Video camera operators operate video cameras and related equipment to record news, live events, films, videos and television broadcasts.

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$26,000 /yr
$55,000 /yr
$109,000 /yr

Dancer and choreographer

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Dance choreography is the art of composing ballets and other dances and planning and arranging the movements, steps, and patterns of dancers. Make sure to use the search box to find Susan's video! She is a dance instructor.

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$20,000 /yr
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$100,000 /yr

Digital Journalist - La-Keya

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A digital journalist interviews people on camera to be played online or on television news. This journalist may shoot and edit their own videos.

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$24,000 /yr
$39,000 /yr
$70,000 /yr

Director TV News - Whitney

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A director at a news station is responsible for getting a news broadcast on air successfully.

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$29,000 /yr
$59,000 /yr
$100,000 /yr

Editor

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Editors review, evaluate. and edit manuscripts, articles, news reports and other material for publication, broadcast or interactive media. In addition, they co-ordinate the activities of writers, journalists and other staff.

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$29,000 /yr
$65,000 /yr
$81,000 /yr

Fashion Designer

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A fashion designer creates clothing, footwear, and other accessories. This may include sketching the original designs for the clothing as well as picking out the fabrics to be used and finding employees to make the products.

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$33,000 /yr
$65,000 /yr
$130,000 /yr

Film and Video Editor

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Film and video editors, while collaborating with a director, use video editing software to edit videos (movies, television shows, music videos, etc).

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$27,000 /yr
$62,000 /yr
$162,000 /yr

Fine artist (painter, sculptor)

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Fine art is a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic and intellectual purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness. This can include paintings, sculptures, drawings, or any other type of art. Make sure to use the search box to find Lou's video!

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$21,000 /yr
$48,000 /yr
$99,000 /yr

Meteorologist

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Meteorologists collect data about the climate and weather and make forecasts about the future. They often use computers, mathematical models, and data from satellites and radar to do this. Make sure to use the search box to find Christian and Allan to learn about what broadcast meteorologists do!

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$48,000 /yr
$85,000 /yr
$140,000 /yr

Meteorologist - Christian

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A broadcast meteorologist provides weather forceasts through television or radio broadcasts.

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$48,000 /yr
$85,000 /yr
$140,000 /yr

Motion picture grips and set-up workers

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Grips are lighting and rigging technicians in the film making and video production industries. They constitute their own department on a film set and are directed by a key grip.

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$21,000 /yr
$35,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr

Music Director/Conductor - Scott

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A music director/conductor is responsible for leading orchestras or other musical groups during practices, performances, and recordings.

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$21,000 /yr
$41,000 /yr
$100,000 /yr

News Anchor - Bob

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News anchors typically research stories, interview people, and report the news on television.

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$25,000 /yr
$56,000 /yr
$163,000 /yr

News Anchor - Sue

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News anchors typically research stories, interview people, and report the news on television.

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$25,000 /yr
$56,000 /yr
$163,000 /yr

Newspaper Editor - Mike

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A newspaper editor may decide what stories will be printed in the paper, assign stories to reporters, and review/edit these stories before publication.

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$29,000 /yr
$57,000 /yr
$111,000 /yr

Newspaper Reporter - Jillian

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Newspaper reporters research topics and write articles. The research often involves interviewing various individuals.

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$23,000 /yr
$39,000 /yr
$71,000 /yr

Photographer

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Photographers use cameras, lighting equipment, and photo-editing software to take and improve pictures of people, landscapes, or events. They may need to advertise and market their own services in order to find customers.

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$20,000 /yr
$32,000 /yr
$76,000 /yr

Producer and Director

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A producer is the person who bears most of the responsibility for a film’s production. In other words, the producer has significant decision-making authority over all phases of a film’s production. A director is a person who contributes to all creative elements relating to the making of a motion picture and participates in molding and integrating them into one dramatic performance.

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$32,000 /yr
$70,000 /yr
$189,000 /yr

Public Information Officer - Kathryn

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An information officer writes press releases, company newsletters, and answers letters from the public related to a particular organization. Kathryn, the information officer featured in the video works for a transportation department within a state.

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$35,000 /yr
$51,000 /yr
$76,000 /yr

Public Relations Director - Megan

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A public relations director regularly deals with the media - answering questions, providing press releases, etc. In addition, a public relations director will promote events or other initiatives. Megan, the director featured in the video, works for a university.

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$41,000 /yr
$62,000 /yr
$96,000 /yr

Radio Disc Jockey - Mark the Shark

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A radio disc jockey runs a radio show which includes doing research on music, playing songs, and introducing these songs in an entertaining way.

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$25,000 /yr
$56,000 /yr
$163,000 /yr

Radio Talk Show Host - Wendi

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A radio talk show host will prepare and provide a talk show on the radio. In addition to hosting the actual radio show, the host may need to sell advertisements for the show.

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$25,000 /yr
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$163,000 /yr

Radio and Television Announcer

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Radio and television announcers perform a variety of tasks on and off the air. They announce station program information, such as program schedules and station breaks for commercials, or public-service information, and they introduce and close programs. Announcers read prepared scripts or make ad-lib commentary on the air as they present news, sports, the weather, the time, and commercials. If a written script is required, they may do the research and writing. Announcers also interview guests and moderate panels or discussions. Some provide commentary for the audience during sporting events, at parades, and on other occasions. Make sure to use the search box to find Wendi and Mark the Shark's videos to learn about radio broadcasting. You can also search for Sue and Bob's videos to learn about television broadcasting!

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$163,000 /yr

Sign Language Interpreter

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A sign language interpreter converts language from one to another during speeches, meetings, conferences, and during conversation. Be sure to use the search box to find the video made by Lori!

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$85,000 /yr

Sign Language Interpreter - Lori

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A sign language interpreter converts language from one to another during speeches, meetings, conferences, and during conversation.

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Singer - William Lee Golden (Oak Ridge Boys)

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A singer may perform live for audiences and/or record their music for sale on CDs or on the Internet.

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Sound Engineering Technician

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Sound engineering technicians set up and operate computers and audio equipment that records or mixes voices, music or other sound effects in theaters, studios, arenas, movies, and videos.

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$23,000 /yr
$53,000 /yr
$88,000 /yr

Technical Writer

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A technical writer is a professional writer who produces technical documentation (instruction manuals, how-to-guides, etc.) that help people understand and use a product or service.

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$35,000 /yr
$62,000 /yr
$100,000 /yr

Television Studio Manager - Jack

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A TV studio manager manages everything that happens in the studio during preparation for and broadcast of a live news show.

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$32,000 /yr
$58,000 /yr
$150,000 /yr

Violinist - Jenny

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A musician may perform live for audiences and/or record their music for sale on CDs or on the Internet.

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Writer and Author

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Writers create written content for books, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, songs, scripts, blogs, or an other source of information.

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$29,000 /yr
$61,000 /yr
$118,000 /yr