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Jobs in Multimedia: Education Requirements and Career Options

Degree programs in multimedia typically cover film, digital or web design and production topics. Find out about the curricula of these programs, and learn about career options, job growth and salary info for multimedia studies graduates.

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A career in multimedia involves audio, digital, print and/or video production. Video editors, web designers, and illustrators all work in the multimedia field. Although entry-level jobs can be obtained with an associate's degree, most multimedia careers require a bachelor's degree.

Essential Information

Multimedia is a term that applies to a growing number of fields that mix digital, print, audio and video production. Entry-level assistant positions can sometimes be obtained with just an associate's degree, but a bachelor's degree is required to obtain most jobs, and master's programs also are available. Multimedia degree programs might offer concentrations in music, television or movie production, as well as visual arts, digital imaging, publishing or computer design.

Students majoring in multimedia typically focus on computer design and production courses. Required coursework for most programs includes design theory, drawing or illustration, typography, advertising, motion design and art history. Depending upon the program concentration, students also might study digital photography, 3-D modeling and animation, video production or web content development.

Career Title Video Editor Web Designer Illustrator
Education Requirements Bachelor's degree in film or broadcasting Associate's degree in web design High school diploma, though a bachelor's or master's degree in an art-related field might be beneficial
Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)* 18% 27% 3% for fine artists, including illustrators
Median Annual Salary (2015)* $61,750 $64,970 $46,460 for fine artists, including illustrators

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Options

Industries that employ multimedia specialists include motion pictures, advertising, computer systems design and software design companies. Job titles include the following:

Video Editor

Video editors review and alter video content or images before they are shown to an audience. Most candidates for this position receive a bachelor's degree in broadcasting or film. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), careers in this field are anticipated to grow 18% from 2014 to 2024 (www.bls.gov). The BLS also reported in May 2015 that the median annual salary for film and video editors was $61,750.

Web Designer

Web designers maintain and create content for websites. Many candidates receive an associate's degree in web design. The BLS reported that the median annual income for web designers was $64,970 in 2015. The field of web design is anticipated to see a job increase of 27% from the years 2014 to 2024, according to the BLS.

Illustrator

Illustrators create images for publications and products. They can work with various forms of media, but in recent years many illustrators have begun using computers to complete their work. There are no formal education requirements other than a high school diploma for this career, but candidates might benefit from a bachelor's or master's degree in an art-related field. The BLS reported that the median annual income for fine artists, including illustrators, was $46,460 as of May 2015. The BLS also reported that careers for fine artists, including illustrators, were expected to grow by 3% from 2014 to 2024.

Multimedia careers emphasize using computer programs to develop images or create content. Video editors put clips of film together before they're released for public viewing, and web designers produce content for websites. Illustrators make images, and although some draw their work by hand, computers are often used as part of the production process.

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