Arts, Audio/Visual Technology, and Communications FAQ

Arts, audio/video technology, and communications workers use creativity and their talents on the job. You might work for an audience as a performer or artist (e.g., painter, dancer, sculptor, actor, singer). You might have a job behind the scenes to make a performance successful (e.g., designer, editor, broadcast technician, camera operator).  

Some audio/video technology and communications workers have high-profile jobs. For example, you might work as a news reporter or fashion designer. You might use your creative talents with technology and work as an animator, graphic designer, or film editor. 


Is Arts, Audio/Visual Technology, and Communications a good career path?

The Arts, Audio/Visual Technology and Communications cluster has about 1.6 million jobs and is projected to grow by 7.6% over the next 10 years. Annual compensation for jobs in this cluster ranged from $29,000 to $118,000 in 2021. 

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Would a career in Arts, Audio/Visual Technology, and Communications be a good fit for me?

  • There are six different pathways that lead to Arts, A/V Technology, or Communications careers ranging from Performance Arts to Journalism. Because art touches our lives in a multitude of ways, there are a variety of careers that require different levels of training. 
  • If you like to perform in front of an audience or are a visual person or like to work with production and technology, this career may be the right one for you. 
  • If you like presenting information, or if you are someone who people ask for communication advice, you may be interested in pursing this career path.  
  • If you are creative and like to spend time looking at or evaluating art, you might want to learn more about this career path.  

Not sure if this sounds like you? Get a list of careers that match your interests with our Career Quiz.

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What are some examples of careers in Arts, Audio/Visual Technology and Communications?

Here are some examples of careers in the Arts, Audio/Visual Technology, and Communications cluster based on the general level of education needed to get hired in this career. Looking for more? Explore careers here!  


High School Education or Lower  Some Postsecondary or Skills-Based Education Bachelor’s Degree or Higher 
Disc Jockey Audio and video technician Broadcast announcer and radio disc jockey
Photographer Broadcast technician Camera operator
Choreographer Sound engineering technician Television, video, or film editor

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