Media Jobs for People Without a Degree

Jan 17, 2020

There are a few options for individuals without a degree that are interested in a career in media. Take a look at the information provided to view career options, salary and growth statistics.

Media Career Options for People Without a Degree

Many media jobs require at least some college education, however there are a few different options for those who do not have a college degree and still wish to work in some part of the media business. Some of these options include those that help run media technology, while others are used as advertising in the media. Learn more about some of these career options to see if any fit your needs.

Job Title Median Salary (2018)* Job Growth (2018-2028)*
Photographer $34,000 -6% (decline)
Public Address Announcer $27,720 (for all public address system and other announcers) 3% (for all public address system and other announcers)
Audio and Video Equipment Technician $43,770 12%
Model $23,770 -6% (decline)
Advertising Sales Agent $51,740 -2%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Media Career Information for People Without a Degree


Photographers have the opportunity to work for the media or submit photos to the media for use in stories or magazines. Most types of photographers do not need a degree; however, those wishing to be employed directly by a newspaper normally need a bachelor's degree. Photographers take pictures of many different subjects from portraits of people to landscapes. They use editing software to enhance photos.

Public Address Announcer

Public address announcers provide a commentary and present music, sports, and news information. Most announcers work for radio stations. They must be familiar with all of the equipment used for sports and other events. Public address announcers only need a high school diploma, but those wanting to continue their career and work on radio and television would need a bachelor's degree.

Audio and Video Equipment Technician

Another media job to consider if you don't have a degree is an audio and video equipment technician. These professionals operate audio and video equipment and set up mixing boards and sound boards. They set up this equipment for different types of meetings, conventions, as well as news conferences. Audio and video equipment technicians typically do not need a degree, though some do need a postsecondary nondegree award unless the employer accepts a high school diploma.


Models pose for photos for advertisements and work on television commercials to promote different products or services for businesses, so this is an option for people interested in a media position. To be chosen for a particular job, models must keep a portfolio of previous work to show potential clients, as well as do research on the product they will be marketing to the media. Models do not need a formal education, though some benefit from different training including how to walk and pose for photographs and other advertisements.

Advertising Sales Agent

Advertising sales agents find clients to offer advertising services which are typically done through the media and print industries. They estimate costs, present ideas, show the different formats available, and take care of the advertisements. Advertising sales agents only need a high school diploma for entry-level positions.

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