With media content now increasingly delivered through digital video services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+, graduate media jobs will continue to be in demand
Production companies across the media sector require people to get their ideas and concepts onto TV screens, or make them available through other mediums such as the internet, radio or publishing.
Departments are set up to manage each stage of the process, including development, production management, craft, technical, post-production, and sales and distribution.
Therefore, as many jobs in media can span the different forms - be it television, radio, music or publishing - the following groupings should only be used as a guide.
Get into music, radio and television
Many broadcasting roles will start as entry-level positions and you'll need to build your skills and experience to work your way up the ladder. It's not all about being the voice or the face and many roles involve the creation of the programme or getting it out there for audiences to hear.
- Broadcast engineer
- Broadcast presenter
- Music producer
- Programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video
- Radio broadcast assistant
- Radio producer
- Runner, broadcasting/film/video
- Sound engineer
- Talent agent
- Television camera operator
- Television floor manager
- Television production coordinator
- Television/film/video producer
Be part of the production team
If writing the headlines or being in front of the camera doesn't appeal to you, there are lots of tasks you can do behind the scenes. A mixture of creative and technical skills is important for most production roles. You'll also need to be able to work with others and take and give directions, meaning effective communication skills are a must.
- Concept artist
- Film director
- Film/video editor
- Lighting technician, broadcasting/film/video
- Location manager
- Make-up artist
- Multimedia programmer
- Multimedia specialist
- Production designer, theatre/television/film
- Sound designer
- Sound technician, broadcasting/film/video
- Special effects technician
- VFX artist
To explore film production roles, see jobs in the film industry.
Find your niche in journalism
While you might work for a newspaper, magazine, website or broadcaster, you'll increasingly need to have multimedia skills and be able to work across all platforms. You'll need a combination of the skills from your degree and work experience to help you stand out and break into this competitive sector.
- Broadcast journalist
- Editorial assistant
- Magazine features editor
- Magazine journalist
- Newspaper journalist
- Press photographer
- Press sub-editor
- Print production planner
- Science writer
- Technical author
- Telecommunications researcher
Enter the world of print, online and digital publishing
The obvious role in publishing is to work with an author to edit their book, but you could also work in design, production, marketing and sales. This can then be broken down into specialist areas including academic, educational, fictional or medical. The increase in eBooks means that those working in publishing also require digital skills.
- Commissioning editor
- Publishing copy-editor/proofreader
- Publishing rights manager
For more information, take a look at how to get into publishing.
Work in digital media and marketing
In terms of sales, distribution and promotion of media, especially online, many digital media graduate jobs overlap with the marketing, advertising and PR sector.
- Advertising art director
- Advertising copywriter
- Applications developer
- Digital copywriter
- Digital marketer
- Graphic designer
- Media buyer
- Media planner
- Media researcher
- PPC specialist
- SEO specialist
- Social media manager
- UX designer
- UX researcher
- Web content manager
- Web designer
Read about how to get into digital marketing.
Make and release video games
As media companies begin to harness the latest technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and visual effects (VFX), the links to the information technology sector is a close one. As a creative industry in itself, video gaming is a popular career for those with the desire to create the next generation of games.
Explore video game careers.
Find out more
- Read our 5 tips for getting media work experience.
- Consider a media apprenticeship.
- Get an overview of the UK's media sector.