These workers use words and images to convey information and ideas.
Overall employment in media and communication occupations is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations; this increase is expected to result in about 68,600 new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 115,800 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.
The median annual wage for this group was $62,340 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.
BLS employment projections, wage, and other data for related occupations not shown in the following table are available on the Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail page. Information highlighting physical demands, cognitive and mental requirements, and other qualifications for workers in this group are available in a BLS Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) profile.
|OCCUPATION||JOB SUMMARY||ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION||2021 MEDIAN PAY|
|Announcers and DJs||
Announcers present news and sports or may interview guests on media such as radio and television. Disc jockeys (DJs) act as masters of ceremonies (emcees) or play recorded music at weddings, parties, or clubs.
|See How to Become One||The annual wage is not available.|
|Broadcast, Sound, and Video Technicians||
Broadcast, sound, and video technicians set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for media programs.
|See How to Become One||$48,790|
Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication.
|Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators||
Film and video editors and camera operators manipulate moving images that entertain or inform an audience.
|Interpreters and Translators||
Interpreters and translators convert information from one language into another language.
Photographers use their technical expertise, creativity, and composition skills to produce and preserve images.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$38,950|
|Public Relations Specialists||
Public relations specialists create and maintain a positive public image for the clients they represent.
|News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists||
News analysts, reporters, and journalists keep the public updated about current events and noteworthy information.
Technical writers prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily.
|Writers and Authors||
Writers and authors develop written content for various types of media.
The wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median wage data are from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey.
Typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation.
Last Modified Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022