Employment in media and communication occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations, and will result in about 151,500 new jobs. Demand for media and communication occupations is expected to arise from the need to create, edit, translate, and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms.
The median annual wage for media and communication workers (such as announcers, interpreters and translators, and technical writers) was $61,310 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.
Media and communication equipment workers (such as broadcast and sound engineering technicians, film and video editors, and photographers) had a median annual wage of $50,870 in May 2020, higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy.
BLS provides summary data, including employment projections, for media and communication occupations not shown in the table on this page. That information is available on the Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail page.
|OCCUPATION||JOB SUMMARY||ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION||2020 MEDIAN PAY|
Announcers present music, news, and sports and may provide commentary or interview guests.
|See How to Become One||$41,950|
|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||$50,000|
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||$41,280|
|Public Relations Specialists||
Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent.
|Reporters, Correspondents, and Broadcast News Analysts||
Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts inform the public about news and events.
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: Wednesday, September 8, 2021