The Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications cluster is about flexing your creativity, design, writing, performing, and multimedia skills. Prepare for creative careers from graphic design to film and video editing through a focus on learning how to apply advanced technologies.
Technical writers are responsible for helping others understand complex technical information. Demand for their services will continue to increase along with the growth and innovation of technology and electronics in the home and workplace. Technicians who are skilled at setting up audio and video equipment will also be in demand, as will telecommunications line and equipment installers and repairers. Career prospects in the visual arts field will expand the most for curators and museum technicians and conservators, who administer, document, restore, maintain, and install collections of artwork, historic items, and scientific specimens.
Produced by: Powhatan County High School, Powhatan County Public Schools
Occupational Projections: 2018-2028
Virginia’s Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications cluster comprised 57,464 jobs in 2018 and is expected to increase by 1,197 jobs over the decade, for a total of 58,661 jobs by 2028. The projected 2.1% job growth within this cluster in Virginia contrasts with the anticipated 0.8% decline nationally in the number of jobs available in the same occupations.
For more information on occupations in the Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications cluster, visit Trailblazers – Career and Technical Education in Virginia-This is a PDF document..
|Top 10 Occupations by Size||2018 Estimated Number of Jobs in Virginia||2020 Median Virginia Annual Wage||Typical Education, Training, and Work Experience Requirements|
|Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers||6,967||$70,100||Associate Degree or Some College; Training/Certification|
|Graphic Designers||6,477||$62,100||Bachelor's Degree|
|Printing Press Operators||4,141||$38,420||High School Diploma; Training/Certification|
|Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers||4,088||$68,960||Associate Degree or Some College; Training/Certification|
|Editors||3,991||$73,880||Bachelor's Degree; Work Experience|
|Writers and Authors||3,189||$70,470||Bachelor's Degree; Training/Certification|
|Technical Writers||3,093||$84,510||Bachelor's Degree; Training/Certification; Work Experience|
|Producers and Directors||2,550||$64,130||Bachelor's Degree; Work Experience|
|Photographers||2,395||$41,170||Bachelor's Degree; Training/Certification|
|Audio and Video Equipment Technicians||1,950||$48,270||Bachelor's Degree; Training/Certification|
Data Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Virginia Employment Commission;
Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia
Career Cluster Planning
A resource for counselors, administrators, and educators
CTE VERSO – includes information to help local school divisions plan and schedule instructional programs. VERSO is organized by program area, 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.
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? - 2017 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.