For most of us, the media is our main source of information about the world. You may think that a career in media will mean that you have your own radio show or YouTube channel, be a journalist for a popular magazine or newspaper or perhaps even be a presenter of the news. The reality is likely to be somewhat different, with many roles available, from technical such as camera operator, to content creating, such as a journalist or producer.
Media has gone through a transformative change over the past few years with the dawn of the digital age. Traditional media, such as TV, radio and newspaper are still significant, however even these channels increasingly are investing in digital technologies, such as videos, social media and websites.
Working in media is seen as competitive and fast-paced, which can be a rewarding and an exciting way to make a living. Personal attributes required include confidence, a positive attitude, having the ability to talk to and build relationships with a wide variety of people, together with the tenacity to see projects through to completion.
How much could I earn?
Pay for any career is often determined by where in the country you live and work, whether freelance or employed and how much experience you have. According to payscale.com, see the list below of average incomes for a few possible career paths within media.
• Copywriter: £23,952
• Camera Operator: £25,132
• Journalist: £23,594
• Social Media Manager: £25,287
• Web Content Manager: £29,048
Top reasons to choose media as a career
Multiple career options
From advertising to animation, publishing to PR and scriptwriting to special effects, the opportunities are there for you to take advantage of, depending on where your passion and talents lie.
Opportunities in Birmingham
Our students have worked on real life production briefs at venues such as: the Town Hall, Symphony Hall, The Hippodrome, The Rep, O2, The Mill, The Crossing and others. There is also the opportunity to visit the Mailbox, where BBC Birmingham offers a behind the scenes tour of their radio and TV studios.
Media channels are important to nearly every company
Social media posts, emails, advertising and PR, photography, video production and research are all important aspects of media that nearly every company, small and large need in order to be successful in the 21st century. Communication makes the world go round.
If you’re looking to get your face (or voice) out there, or you want to get involved in the production, creative or technical side, there are few limits to the amount of opportunities available in the media sector. We at South & City College Birmingham are dedicated to developing your professionalism to prepare you for a university level course or employment. Our courses are perfect if you want a career in broadcast, media production or photography.
Check out our media courses here sccb.ac.uk/courses/media.