Types of Creative Media Jobs

There are numerous careers in media, and many of these jobs involve creativity, art or design. Explore a handful of the creative careers in media, as well as their education requirements and median salaries.

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Creative Career Options in Media

There are a wide variety of creative careers in different kinds of media, including magazines, television productions, websites and more. These creative careers require different skill sets and creative thinking for their particular form of media. Learn about a few of the available creative media jobs below.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2016-2026)*
Writers and Authors $61,240 8%
Multimedia Artists and Animators $65,300 10%
Art Directors $89,820 7%
Photographers $34,070 -8% (Decline)
Graphic Designers $47,640 5%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Creative Media Jobs

Writers and Authors

Writers and authors may specialize in writing for a particular media, like magazines, blogs, or scripts, and often need to be creative in order to produce unique ideas, stories and content for their work. Writers and authors may conduct background research for their projects after choosing a subject that interests them and readers. Most writers need to submit drafts of their work to editors in order to prepare for publication. Writers and authors typically have a bachelor's degree, experience, and great writing skills.

Multimedia Artists and Animators

Multimedia artists and animators usually work for media that includes video games, movies or television shows. They use their creativity to make models, animations and special visual effects for these productions based on creative storyboards and designs. They usually work closely with other animators, the director and clients to receive feedback and make any necessary adjustments to their work. They must maintain a professional portfolio and have a bachelor's degree in art, computer graphics or a similar field.

Art Directors

Art directors use their creativity to create a particular visual style, design and/or layout for magazines, movie productions, newspapers and other media. They usually oversee a team of graphic designers and other design staff to figure out how best to depict visual concepts and make the final decisions on designs and artwork. Art directors are also responsible for keeping a project within budget and meeting deadlines for the client. Most of these professionals begin their career in another art or design job to gain work experience and have at least a bachelor's degree.

Photographers

Some photographers may work for magazines, newspapers or websites to take pictures of various subjects and events. They typically have creative freedom to capture unique images to tell their story and may use different lighting and photographic techniques to get the best picture possible. Photographers also utilize photo-enhancing software to edit photos for publication and to add to their professional portfolio. Many photographers do not need a formal education, but some, like photojournalists, may need a bachelor's degree.

Graphic Designers

Graphic designers work in media, such as magazines, websites or advertisements, to come up with creative ways to design a visual concept. They may draw their designs by hand or use computer software to create images that deliver a particular message to those who see it. After choosing the colors, layout and images for their work, they often submit drafts to art directors and/or clients for approval. Graphic designers maintain a professional portfolio of their work and have a bachelor's degree in the field.

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