Careers in Multimedia

Multimedia specialists are employed by companies that produce multimedia for the World Wide Web, CD-ROMs, DVDs, the motion-picture industry, kiosks, and computer-based delivery. Multimedia projects include those focused on business, marketing, education, training, presentations and entertainment applications. An entry-level multimedia specialist may expect to earn approximately $12-15 per hour, while those with more experience may earn upwards of $20 per hour.

Opportunities for employment may be found in Web development, communications, television, education, training, and marketing. Some opportunities for multimedia specialists include: multimedia associate producer, Web designer, Web content creation specialist, interface designer, multimedia programmer/authoring specialist, multimedia graphic production artist, digital video specialist, interactive/technical writer, and multimedia project manager. Students immersed in the field will discover the value of ongoing skill development. Several people enter the field from related professions, such as graphic design, film/video, publishing, and fine art.

What will I do on the job?

A multimedia specialist will master skills for interactive media graphics and video, professional presentations and Web development. Multimedia specialists are employed by companies that produce content for the World Wide Web, CD-ROM, DVD, kiosks, mobile hand-held devices and computer-based delivery. Multimedia projects include those focused on business, marketing, education, training, presentations and entertainment.

What skills will I use on the job?

A multimedia specialist may use a variety of skills, including design theory, page layout, interactivity, color correction, animation, capturing and editing video, compression and presentation. The multimedia industry thrives on real-world experience. While some students come to the Multimedia Program with no skills, some come with many skills. Project management, teamwork, and content delivery skills are commonly practiced.

How much can I earn?

Multimedia specialists may earn $30,000 to $60,000 a year, based on experience and skills.

Who will hire me?

Multimedia specialists are hired by companies that produce content for the Web, CD-ROM, kiosks and computers. Multimedia projects include those focused on business, marketing, education, training, presentations and entertainment applications.

Some recent graduates of the PCC Multimedia Program found employment as: Web developer for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; an art instructor at Portland State University; a Web specialist at PCC’s Sylvania Campus; a Web specialist at PCC’s Cascade Campus; and a research technician at PCC’s Rock Creek Campus.