Arts, Audio/video technology & communications

Cultural and leisure activities help us balance our work and personal lives.In Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications, a great variety of people work to give us movies, paintings, music downloads, books, and museums. Actors, artists, musicians, writers, and archivists obviously make their living in jobs that are part of this cluster. Less evident are the employees who work in the background at occupations like set designers, agents and business managers, audio and video equipment technicians, print binding and finishing workers, and historians.

As in many clusters, technology has required workers to learn new skills. Lighting and sound systems are quite different than they were even a decade ago, providing new multi-media options for staging performances and exhibits. Publishers use technologies to create e-books that are far different from those used for print versions.

Most occupations in the Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications cluster are expected to show average or less growth in the next decade, but several careers do show strong growth. Among them are technical writers, telecommunications line installers and repairers, interior designers, and audio and video equipment technicians. However, in New Mexico, the Film and Television Industry continues to hire local talent for in front of the camera and especially behind the camera technical positions as well as film editing. Approximately two thirds of the careers in this industry require postsecondary education, particularly a bachelor’s degree. Industries that often have employment for this cluster’s workers include wired telecommunication companies, newspaper publishers (print and electronic), commercial printing companies, television stations, and electrical contractors.