Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications

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+ Actors Job Description
Actors are entertainers. They bring a writer's words to life by portraying characters on stage, screen and radio. Though the career can be glamorous, the road to success is often long and difficult. Most actors have to compete for parts through auditions. They need to be able to handle criticism and rejection. Once hired, actors spend hours memorizing lines and rehearsing. The workdays can be very long, especially on film shoots view more

+ Archivists Job Description
From a turn-of-the-century love letter…to an old map that settles a modern property dispute, important records of the past are collected and preserved in archives. They are organized and cared for by archivists. Archivists patiently sort historically valuable paper, film and electronic records, deciding what's worth keeping and what’s not. The work may require researching the items to verify their origin and value view more

+ Arts Audio-Video Technology and Communications
There’s an old saying in the theater. Everyone has two fields of expertise: their business, and show business. Most of us love to be entertained, and with television shows and magazines that focus on the entertainment business, people know a lot more now about what goes on behind the scenes, than they did in the old days. Even so, the headlines make it seem as though it’s possible for anyone with talent to make a lot of money in this industry view more

+ Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Job Description
From concerts…to sports events…to corporate meetings, specialized equipment is needed so the audience can see and hear what’s going on. The people who set-up and operate this sophisticated electronic gear are Audio and Video Equipment Technicians. Often called AV techs, they need to be familiar with the many components that make-up audio and video systems. For example, microphones, speakers, TV monitors and projection screens view more

+ Broadcast Technicians Job Description
Thousands of people make a good living working in the Arts and Communications, yet only the fortunate few pull down superstar salaries. Even at less exciting levels, working in this field can be very rewarding, because you get a chance to combine creativity with talent and technical skills. From camera operators and equipment mechanics…to musicians, actors, directors and producers…those who work in arts and communications serve clients view more

+ Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
There are many kinds of camera work. Camera operators capture the excitement of breaking news and sports… Work in studios on television broadcasts… And create exciting visual images for motion pictures and commercials. This is a field with a wide range of opportunities that share common requirements: The ability to capture an image that conveys meaning. And the technical skill to record that image reliably view more

+ Choreographers Job Description
Whether it’s a school recital… …or a professional performance, dancers follow a carefully orchestrated sequence of moves. The artists who create those sequences are called Choreographers. Typically, choreographers are experienced dancers themselves. Some may have gone to college to earn fine arts degrees. Whether through education or years of practical experience, it is important to have a good knowledge of musical theory and techniques view more

+ Commercial and Industrial Designers Job Description
Commercial artists or graphic designers create everything from brochures to company logos to cereal boxes. They use typefaces, photographs, their own drawings, and even computer art to communicate information, convey a feeling, or sell a product. Talent and a creative mind are essential, but good people skills are just as important, since satisfying the writer, the account executive, and the client on a given project can sometimes be quite challenging view more

+ Commercial Artists Job Description
From books …to billboards…to video games, we’re surrounded by the work of Commercial Artists. They use their artistic ability to illustrate ideas or sell products. At advertising agencies, for example, commercial artists visualize concepts developed by the creative team. Their work may appear in ads for newspapers and magazines…or in commercials for TV. Illustrations in a book and animations for video games are other examples of commercial art view more

+ Communication Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
Communication equipment mechanics install and maintain the switches that connect someone with someone else whenever they dial the phone. Many work in “central offices” — those windowless phone company buildings seen in many towns. Mechanics specializing in installation and repair setup and connect computer phone switches. They punch copper wire into connector boards or splice fiber optic cable to make the physical connections and then program the switches to establish the electronic connections view more

+ Communications Equipment Operators Job Description
Communications Equipment Operators keep the world talking. They may be switchboard operators, telephone operators, or directory assistance operators. They might work at a company with an internal phone system…or at a global long distance provider…but the basic task is the same: they connect callers with the people they’re trying to reach. These days that process might include a lot of automation, with machines handling key functions such as message taking and routing calls view more

+ Craft Artists Job Description
In our machine-driven, high-tech world… …something that is painstakingly made by hand is special. Craft Artists create objects using raw materials, and a great deal of skill. While lots of people make things as a hobby…some people are able to “shape” their creativity into a career. They might go to an Art or Design school. Or apprentice themselves to an established artist. In either case, they work towards learning all the intricate details of their craft view more

+ Dancers and Choreographers Job Description
While dancing may seem to spring spontaneously from emotion and music, experts know that it’s usually the result of hard work and long practice. The person who designs the dance, literally step by step, is called the choreographer. Usually dancers--or former dancers-- themselves, choreographers need a strong knowledge of movement and music, innate rhythm and artistic creativity. They need to be able to communicate their ideas to the dancers expected to execute the movements view more

+ Desktop Publishers Job Description
Many print materials that used to take an entire team and lots of equipment to produce…can now be created by one person at a computer. Called Desktop Publishers, they are revolutionizing the printing industry. From books…to newspapers…to brochures and even business cards, new software technologies are making it easier for tasks to be accomplished with a mouse and keyboard. A desktop publisher writes and edits text, designs graphics and develops layouts view more

+ Etchers and Engravers Job Description
Etchers and Engravers perform a century-old craft using high-tech tools for speed and precision. They use specialized tools and machinery to create decorative engravings, such as awards and trophies, gifts and signs, or identification plates and circuit boards. Engravers may use both traditional routers and new technologies, such as lasers and sublimation. Today’s tools of the trade also include computers, scanners and simple graphic programs view more

+ Fashion Designers Job Description
Do you love looking at clothes, and imagining outfits that you put together yourself? If you’re passionate and persistent you might have what it takes to be a professional. Fashion designers work in an exciting but fiercely competitive industry. They must be creative, imaginative, persistent, and able to communicate their ideas in writing, verbally and visually. Designers need to be open to new ideas and influences and quick to react to changing trends view more

+ Film and Video Editors Job Description
Between the camera…and the audience… comes a very important job. Film and Video Editors edit soundtracks, film and video for the motion picture, cable and broadcast television industries. They select the scenes captured by the camera operator…and put them in a sequence. It sounds simple. It isn’t. In addition to creativity, a thorough understanding of what needs to be communicated drives each decision view more

+ Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrator
For centuries, art has been a means for people to express themselves and communicate ideas. Fine artists continue to convey thoughts and impressions through their art...in the hopes that appreciative collectors will buy their work. Fine artists usually specialize in an area such as painting or sculpture. New technologies have given rise to art forms such as computer printmaking and video art installation view more

+ Floral Designers Job Description
Flowers add a special touch to any occasion. But they would be considerably less special were it not for the floral designers who work at most retail florist shops. These are the people who combine their innate creativity and color sense with a knowledge of flowers and foliage to create pleasing arrangements. Sometimes, a standard, nationally advertised design will be called for. But often designers listen carefully to a customer’s needs, suggest possible approaches, and create a custom arrangement view more

+ Grips and Set-Up Workers, Motion Picture Sets, Studios, and Stages Job Description
There’s more to making a movie or television show, than what the audience sees. Behind the scenes there are workers responsible for moving equipment and building sets. Called Grips, or Set-up Workers, they are the “muscle” on a film or TV shoot. Grips are “jacks of all trades.” They assist the electricians with lighting. They help move and set up camera equipment. Working under the guidance of the set designers, grips handle the movie’s carpentry needs view more

+ Interior Designers Job Description
Have you ever walked into a business office and admired the decor? Or visited a new restaurant and immediately felt like it was “your kind of place?” Interior designers are responsible for creating environments that people respond to on both an emotional and visual level. Planning the space and furnishing the interiors of private homes, offices, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and theaters, interior designers must work within a client’s tastes, needs and budget view more

+ Interpreters and Translators Job Description
If you are fluent in more than one language, you might qualify to join an elite workforce: Interpreters and Translators are needed for work in business, government, the military, the media, social services, the judicial system, in travel and tourism—anywhere cultures intersect. Simply speaking a second language is not sufficient, however. Employers in these various fields look first for people with college degrees as foreign language majors view more

+ Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers Job Description
Jewelers and silversmiths combine artistry with patient, careful, exacting labor. Whether creating beautiful settings for tiny stones, or candlesticks and goblets, attention to detail is the hallmark of the art and science of this profession. One jeweler in three is self-employed. For those who make their own goods, skills include design, casting the metal, cutting and setting the stone, and polishing view more

+ Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
An actor’s appearance is a major part of his or her performance. Making the actor look right for the role is the job of the Makeup Artist. Professional Makeup Artists work in TV, movies and live theater. They begin by reading the script and learning details about the production. To create their designs, they consider many factors, including the age of each character and the setting and time period of the story view more

+ Museum Technicians and Consevators Job Description
Museums would be dreary places if not for the ingenious work of museum technicians and conservators. Whether preparing a painting for display…or creating a housing to store priceless objects…museum professionals use their skill and knowledge to engage audiences of all ages. Conservators typically train in graduate level programs specifically designed for museum work. Technicians may receive on the job training while working on their undergraduate degrees view more

+ Music Directors Job Description
Making an assortment of sounds into beautiful music takes the special skills of Music Directors. The audience most often sees these directors in the role of conductor during an instrumental…or vocal performance. However, the work starts long before opening night. Conductors run auditions to choose the best musicians for a symphony orchestra or band. And they decide what music will be performed view more

+ Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners Job Description
Music may seem magical…but there’s a tremendous amount of hard work behind it. In addition to the training and practice of the musicians, a lot of credit for a fine performance goes to the people who keep the instruments in good condition. Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners might often focus on particular groups of instruments…specializing in pianos…or reed instruments…percussion…or brass view more

+ Musicians and Singers Job Description
Performing music can be fun, and getting paid for it makes it more enjoyable still. Composers, singers, and other musicians are employed by big-city orchestras and theaters, by TV and movie studios, and as studio session players in major recording centers like Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York. Some musicians are members of rock bands and jazz groups. Unfortunately, there are relatively few full-time positions for musicians view more

+ Musicians, Instrumental Job Description
Performing music can be fun, and getting paid for it makes it more enjoyable still. Composers, singers, and other musicians are employed by big-city orchestras and theaters, by TV and movie studios, and as studio session players in major recording centers like Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York. Some musicians are members of rock bands and jazz groups. Unfortunately, there are relatively few full-time positions for musicians view more

+ Photographers Job Description
The subjects vary. And so does the equipment. Photography is a business in transition from the old ways, with 35-millimeter film developed in chemicals… …To the new digital imaging that is more immediate, and can be manipulated with computer software. Photography is an art form. But very few photographers who specialize in “fine art” make enough money to support themselves solely through their artwork view more

+ Photographic Processing Machine Operators Job Description
Between the click of a camera and the enjoyment of the photographs, comes the work of photographic processing machine operators. These are people trained to load and operate photographic printing machines, film developing machines, and mounting presses. Familiarity with computers is increasingly important for these workers. When the work is completed, they make sure the images were developed properly view more

+ Prepress Technicians and Workers Job Description
Prepress technicians and workers are the final stop for graphic designs on their way to the printed page. In a large printing operation, you might handle only a few specific tasks. In a smaller shop, you might perform all of the pre-press duties yourself. Desktop operators assemble documents, using design software to manipulate pictures and type. Those files are sent to the preflight technicians, who check one more time for errors and any missing elements view more

+ Printing Machine Operators Job Description
The commercial printing industry is one of the nation's largest manufacturing businesses. It is also one of the most dynamic—in terms of technological advancements and multi-level career opportunities. The actual printing is done by printing machine operators. They set up and operate many types of printing presses. Specific tasks depend upon exactly what will be printed. The press operator may install plates or adjust rollers on a machine, and loads the ink and paper view more

+ Printing Press Machine Operators and Tenders Job Description
We live in the Internet age, but printing text and images on paper and other materials is more popular than ever. That’s good news for the print press machine operators who setup and operate printing presses. Employed by firms that print color newspaper inserts and catalogs, by small shops that do custom business printing, and by many companies in between, these workers are essential to modern business view more

+ Producers and Directors Job Description
A lot of work goes into the making of entertainment magic. That work is done by producers, directors, and actors. Most of the jobs they get are away from the bright lights of Broadway and Hollywood, in local theaters, television and radio studios, comedy clubs, circuses, even rodeos Actors entertain and communicate through their interpretation of dramatic roles. Many actors carve a career taking all kinds of parts, from pitching products in commercials to leading roles in a play view more

+ Proofreaders and Copy Makers Job Description
Much of what we read would be inaccurate and confusing if it weren’t for Proofreaders and Copy Makers. They are the professionals who check and double check materials before they’re printed, or loaded onto computers. It’s their job to carefully read through each and every sentence, looking for mistakes. Proofreaders search for spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. They also hunt for typographical and factual errors view more

+ Public Relations Specialists Job Description
Telling the world about a business, product, cause, candidate, organization or institution is the work of Public Relations Specialists and Publicity Writers. . A public relations specialist can provide strategic advice about how to get the word out, and about how policies might impact consumers, voters, shareholders, fundraisers, and other people the client needs to reach. To do that job effectively, the specialist maintains contacts with the news media, and organizations that are important in a particular field view more

+ Radio and Television Announcers Job Description
Getting paid to talk is not as simple as it sounds. Whether voicing an advertisement… anchoring a TV newscast … or hosting a radio show…. announcers call on an array of skills. For example, you need acting talent to record voice-overs in films and commercials, because though you’re not seen on camera, you’re still playing a role. Disc Jockeys are entertainers who play scheduled music and commercials between jokes, interviews and topical information view more

+ Reporters and Correspondents Job Description
A reporter's job can feel different every day. Breaking news sets reporters at the scene of a fresh drama on every assignment. Publications, news programs and even the Internet rely on information gathered by reporters and correspondents. Some cover a specific beat or specialty… others pursue different stories every day as general assignment reporters. All go to the spot where the news is happening and assemble the facts for the news story view more

+ Set and Exhibit Designers Job Description
On stage or on screen, at a tradeshow or a museum – a show wouldn’t be complete without the right setting. The creative contributors in the background of our favorite events are Set and Exhibit Designers. It’s a job that mixes imagination with knowledge, artistry with actualization. Some are elaborate, others are simple - but all set and exhibit designs add to a production. Designers start with an idea view more

+ Sound Engineering Technicians Job Description
A key player on any radio or TV show is the one you can't see or hear -- the broadcast technician who keeps the show on the air. Also called operators or engineers, they're the workers who install, operate and maintain the electronic equipment used in broadcasting and cable. Even in major markets, the chief engineer at a radio station is often the sole technical expert on site, managing equipment ranging from the transmitter tower to the thermostat in the air studio view more

+ Technical Writers Job Description
Technical writers create the materials that explain how to operate or assemble everything from complex machinery to children’s toys. Like reporters and journalists, technical writers use the Internet, libraries, and interviews with experts to do their research. Then, like fiction writers, they use their imagination and creativity to find the best way to explain or describe what they’ve learned view more

+ Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
Everyday we pick up the phone, or turn on the television set and expect to have perfect service 24 hours per day. These services come to you through a system of wires and cables, which telephone and cable TV installers and repairers construct and maintain. Line installers place cable or phone lines underground, or on poles or towers. They also connect wiring inside your home or office, making sure the signal reaches your phone or television set view more

+ Telephone Operators Job Description
It used to be that the telephone operator was the heart and soul of the phone industry. Over the years, as technology became more sophisticated, it began to replace the live voice at the switchboard. But there are some things automated phone systems can’t handle without human help. For example, operators step in when customers are having difficulty finding a phone number. Operators help people place collect or credit card calls view more

+ Writers and Authors Job Description
The number of words produced by writers and editors each day is staggering. Newspapers, magazines, and books are only the most obvious examples. There are also the catalogs that arrive in your mailbox, the words that appear on everything from aspirin bottles to cereal boxes, and the words found in instruction booklets and on printed forms—to say nothing of those on Internet Web pages. Regardless of where the writing appears, however, an “editor” probably decided what was needed, assigned the job to a writer, and later fine-tuned the writer’s text view more

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