Media: Jobs in the industry By Fung Yee Tsang

There are many jobs in the industry other than being a director, writers and actors/ actress, the jobs that you don't seen are done behind the scenes and normal seen at the end of the film or DVD. When you see the press conference about the film or DVD you just see the actors/actress, directors and the writers but the people who have major parts in the film/DVD are the lighting crew, special effects, protechincs, make up artists, costumes makers, theme tracks producers and many more people who are behind the scenes that you just don't know about and these are some to name a few of the jobs you can have in the industry. But I am not stop you from just being a director, writers or actor/actress in the industry.

Some of the types of jobs in the film industry

Here are some types of jobs in film industry:


  • What they do: Editors select, polish and refine what’s included in a particular publication, television series, film or website. Although their role will vary greatly between industries, it’s their job to commission and manage all aspects of content, and, ultimately, they are responsible for the end product.
  • What you need: Excellent attention to detail, strong writing skills and an objective eye. They will also need to be deadline focused, and able to see the ‘big picture’. You will also need to have a degree or previous experience, perhaps as an Editorial Assistant or Sub Editor.
  • What you can earn: Somewhere around £18,000 for a first position, with an average of around £35,000 once proven. However, this can be a lucrative industry, and top magazines and newspaper publications will often pay in excess of £100,000 for a good Editor.

Graphic Designer

  • What they do: Design and develop visual presentations. This could be for advertising purposes, such as brochures and packaging design, company signs and logos, website design, posters and a whole host of other mediums.
  • What you need: Creative flair and a passion for design. The ability to meet briefs and deadlines is also a must. A degree is not necessary, but a good portfolio of work or design concepts will be essential for progressing in this industry.
  • What you can earn: Anywhere up to £30,000 per year, although this will be heavily dependent on experience.


  • What they do: Research and write articles for a wide range of publications and websites. You could choose to specialise in a certain area and write solely for one publication e.g. Sports Journalist, or write for several different sources simultaneously, across a range of different spectrums.
  • What you need: Outstanding copywriting skills, an excellent grasp of grammar, creativity and the ability to meet deadlines. A journalism or creative writing degree would be advantageous, but in this industry, experience and an impressive portfolio of work are just as important as qualifications.
  • What you can earn: Around £24,000 on average, although this can rise releatively quickly for those willing to put the hours in.

Media Researcher

  • What they do: Carry out a variety of research for different media outlets, for example radio, television, film and online. Typical tasks could range from conducting interviews and writing questionnaires through to overseeing focus groups and finding guests for radio and TV segments.
  • What you need: An analytical mind and methodical approach to your work, not to mention excellent communication skills. Multi-tasking and project management skills would also be beneficial. A degree is generally expected, but is not necessarily a pre-requisite to become a Researcher.
  • What you can earn: Work in this industry is generally contract-based. Rates start from around £300 per week for a Junior Researcher, but could reach double that once you have a proven track-record of success.


  • What they do: Take a variety of different images, either for aesthetic or commercial purposes. Photography is essential for many different companies ranging from print publications such as magazines and editorials, to online resources for use on various websites. Many photographers work on a freelance basis and syndicate their pictures to online stores or sell them to a variety of sources.
  • What you need: A passion for photography and a creative flair are essential to make it in this industry. You’ll also need to be efficient and work well under pressure when it comes to hitting deadlines. Generally, you’ll also need you own equipment.
  • What you can earn: Salaries start at around £18,000 for the year, rising to around £28,000 when you’ve built up a good reputation and portfolio of work. On a freelance basis it can vary depending on subject and overall quality.

Social Media Executive

  • What they do: Help manage and write content for a company’s social media channels, including such outlets as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. This could include running promotions, setting up incentives, managing budgets and responding to customer service enquiries.
  • What you need: Adaptability and quick thinking, ensuring the most relevant and engaging content is provided through each individual channel. Creativity, copywriting skills and the ability to hit deadlines are also helpful in this position.
  • What you can earn: Between £18,000 and £25,000 per year as a basic salary. There may also be bonuses involved for hitting specific targets.

These are just some of the jobs that you can get in the industry, and if you apply yourself to your work in school then you will get the skills to where you want to be in college , university and in the workplaces that you desire to work in the future.


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