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Media and Culture Careers

If you would like to pursue a career in media and culture, there are a number of distinct options to choose from, depending on your interests, skills, and educational background.

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Career Options that Involve Media and Culture

For individuals who have an interest in both media and culture, they may be interested in pursuing a career path that involves both of these topics. There are a number of very unique jobs that would allow you to work within both fields. We will look at five such careers in greater detail below.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Archivists, Curator, Museum Worker $47,230 7%
Director $70,950 9%
Dancer/Choreographer $16.85 (per hour) 5%
Music Director/Composer $50,110 3%
Writer/Author $61,240 2%
Photographer $34,070 3%
Reporter, Correspondent, Broadcast News Analyst $38,870 -9%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Information About Careers in Media and Culture

Careers that involve media and culture come from a number of different fields. Your individual skills and interests, along with how long you are interested in going to school, will likely help you determine what type of career path to pursue. Let's learn a bit more about five careers below.

Archivist, Curator, and Museum Worker

If you have an interest in art, you may want to consider a career as an archivist, curator, or other type of worker in a museum. While your duties will vary depending on your specific role, some possible responsibilities could include setting up exhibit collections, researching new additions to the museum and working to acquire them, preserving works of art, and representing the museum at various media or public events. You may also set up public cultural events at the museum to encourage people to visit and experience the museum. To become one of these workers, you will usually need a bachelor's and/or master's degree in a field like art history, conservation, or archival science, depending on the role you are interested in.

Director

Another job that involves both culture and the media is the role of a director for a production like a theatrical play, TV Show, commercial or movie. Directors are creative individuals who are in charge of making decisions regarding casting, helping actors develop their characters, researching the background of a storyline, and coordinating the efforts of other crew members who are also working on the production. They may also participate in the promoting the production through media interviews and advertisements. To become a director, you will typically need a bachelor's degree in a degree related to film, along with relevant work experience.

Dancer/Choreographer

As a professional dancer or choreographer, you may be involved in both cultural organizations or in more traditional media outlets. For example, some classically-trained dancers may dance in ballets and choreographers may direct the dancers of ballets. Other dancers may find work in musical theater, commercials, music videos, or other types of dance companies. To become a dancer or choreographer, it is typically helpful to begin dancing at a young age and then continue to receive formal training as you get older, as many professional dancers begin a career at age 18. Choreographers often have a bachelor's or master's degree in dance.

Music Director/Composer

Music directors lead various types of music ensembles, like choirs, orchestras and bands while composer write music for such ensembles or they may be hired to write music for movies or other types of productions. Music directors generally conduct auditions for the ensemble, help musicians develop technique, and also attend media events like fundraisers. Composers often work within the media, writing short songs and jingles for commercials or media campaigns. To become a music director or composer, you generally will need a bachelor's or master's degree in a field related to music.

Writer/Author

Writers and authors can work in a variety of different capacities, as some may author books and short stories, while others may work as writers for media publications like newspapers or magazines. Some of their responsibilities include doing the proper research for whatever subject they are writing about, conducting interviews if necessary, and working with editors to fine-tune their content. To become a writer or author, having a bachelor's degree in a field like English, journalism, or communication is helpful.

Photographer

As a photographer, you will be responsible for capturing various types of special occasions and events, like newsworthy stories, weddings, and parties. Many photographers may work on a freelance self-employed basis, while others are employed by media organizations like news stations, websites, or newspapers. Some photographers may travel often, both domestically and internationally, in order to share important events from around the world, while others may focus on more artistic photography and set up exhibits in museums or art galleries. To become a photographer, no specific education is required, though taking courses in photography may help you develop the skills necessary to be successful.

Reporter, Correspondent, or Broadcast News Analyst

Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts all play similar roles in the news media. Reporters and correspondents may work in a studio delivering the news to a television audience, while others may report on stories from the field. Broadcast news analysts are typically experts in some sort of field like medicine, politics, or business and are called on to share their expert opinion on the news. Because the news is often a reflection of current culture, any of these positions would qualify as a media and culture career. To become one of these news professionals, you will often need a bachelor's degree in journalism or communications.

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