The Arts, A/V Technology and Communications cluster is about designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services. The jobs in this cluster appeal to actors or musicians who love the limelight, technicians who prefer to work behind the scenes, and people who love to write, paint, or build. These careers, however, are very, very competitive. Graphic designers who have knowledge of Web site design or other interactive media will be most in demand.
Produced by: Powhatan County High School, Powhatan County Public Schools
Employment Projections: 2012-2022
The Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications Cluster which employed over 57,000 Virginians in 2012, is expected to employ nearly 5,000 more Virginians in 2022, for a total of nearly 62,000. This represents 8 percent growth in Virginia over the decade, exceeding the anticipated national average growth of 3 percent across occupations in this cluster, a figure based on Trailblazers analysis of information from Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For more information on occupations in the Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications Cluster, visit Trailblazers – Career and Technical Education in Virginia.
What They Make...
2013 Median Wage
|2022 Projected Employment||
Predominant Level of Education
Employed in Virginia
|Graphic Designers||$51,780||7,744||Bachelor's degree or more||6,943|
|Telecommunications Line Installers||$61,600||6,290||Some College; Associate degree & training; Certification||6,131|
|Printing Press Operators||$34,140||6,189||High School diploma & training; Certification||5,669|
|Telecommunications Equipment Installers||$56,620||5,284||Some College; Associate degree & training; Certification||5,669|
|Writers and Authors||$59,080||4,210||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||3,977|
|Editors||$56,650||4,063||Bachelor's degree or more & work experience||3,776|
|Technical Writers||$72,970||3,832||Bachelor's degree or more & work experience||3,085|
|Photographers||$31,470||3,485||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||2,955|
|Producers and Directors||$60,370||2,032||Bachelor's degree or more & work experience||1,889|
|Print Binding and Finishing Workers||$28,390||1,948||High School diploma||1,844|
|Audio and Video Equipment Technicians||$37,660||1,754||Some College; Associate degree & training; Certification||1,480|
|Art Directors||Data unavailable from BLS||1,603||Bachelor's degree or more & work experience||1,535|
|Broadcast Technicians||Data unavailable from BLS||1,430||Some College; Associate degree||1,330|
|Multimedia Artists and Animators||$56,440||1,331||Bachelor's degree or more and training; Certification||1,152|
|Prepress Technicians and Workers||$37,740||904||High School diploma||1,030|
|Reporters and Correspondents||Data unavailable from BLS||893||Bachelor's degree or more||962|
|Commercial and Industrial Designers||$45,280||604||Bachelor's degree or more||587|
|Desktop Publishers||$37,170||531||Some college; Associate degree||532|
|Film and Video Editors||$54,530||400||Bachelor's degree or more & work experience||383|
|Proofreaders and Copy Markers||$33,400||388||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||391|
Wage data: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Virginia.
Employment projections data: Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Occupational Employment Projections 2012-2022.
Predominant education level: Trailblazers through the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.
Career Cluster Planning
A resource for counselors, administrators, and educators
CTE Administrative Planning Guide (APG) – includes information to help local school divisions plan and schedule instructional programs. The APG is organized by career clusters, with a complete listing of courses, concentration sequences, and credentials available to students as they plan for career entry and continuing education. Users may access course information by cluster or by searching for specific courses or certifications.
Career Planning Guide – includes an easy way for students and counselors to look for courses to further career goals. One can search for occupations, browse by Career Clusters or favorite academic subjects.
Information and tips for instructional leaders, administrators, counselors and teachers/faculty for creating a career pathway academic and career plan of study.
- Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Cluster Information
- Checklist for Developing Career Clusters Plans of Study (Word)
Sample Academic and Career Plans of Study
School divisions are asked to develop sample plans of study based on the courses offered within their schools, the employment needs of the region, and the post-high school educational opportunities needed for these careers. Once these sample plans are developed, they can be customized to the needs of individual students so that all students have the opportunity to have an individualized academic and career plan of study.
Sample Pathway Plans of Study for Arts, A/V Technology & Communications:
- Audio / Video Technology and Film (Word)
- Journalism & Broadcasting (Word)
- Performing Arts (Word)
- Printing Technology (Word)
- Telecommunications (Word)
- Visual Arts (Word)
- Visual Arts (Interior Design Sample) (Word)
- Blank Plan of Study (with fields) (Word)
Also see Sample Plans of Study for all clusters and pathways.
Cluster Analysis Document for VirginiaReport: Education, Employment and Earnings: Analyzing Data from Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
- What’s New in Media Jobs (PDF)
The Career Clusters logo and its extensions are the property of the National Career Technical Foundation, as managed by NASDCTEc. Some content on this page is from the publication, R U College & Career Ready? - 2015 Edition; and is used here with permission from the Virginia Business Publications LLC and Trailblazers in the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.