In the Air Force:
Premier Band - The USAF Band; Public Affairs Manager; Regional Band Apprentice, Flute; Regional Band Apprentice, Trombone; Regional Band Craftsman, Clarinet; Regional Band Craftsman, Steel Guitar; Regional Band Helper, Bassoon; Regional Band Helper, Piano; Regional Band Journeyman, Audio Engineer; Regional Band Journeyman, Percussion; Regional Band Superintendent
In the Army:
Chief Public Affairs NCO; Public Affairs Mass Communication Specialist; Visual Information Operations Chief; Visual Information Specialist
In the Marine Corps:
Advanced Visual Information-Motion Media Marine; Combat Videographer; Communication Strategy and Operations Chief
In the Navy:
Communication Director; Content Developer; Creative Director; Intermediate Public Affairs Specialist; LDO - Photography; Master Photojournalist; Motion Picture and Television Project Officer; Multimedia Director/Producer; Public Affairs Supervisor; Radio-Television Program Officer
To craft an entertaining production takes both creative vision and leadership skills. Based on a writer’s script, producers and directors create movies, videos, television shows, live theater, and commercials. Producers make the business and financial decisions for a production. They raise money and hire the director and crew. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the production is completed on time, and hold the responsibility for the final product. Directors make the creative decisions. They select the cast, run rehearsals, and guide actors’ portrayal of their characters. At early phases, directors work closely with costume and set designers and location scouts to set the right scene. After a film is shot, they consult with the film editors and music directors to ensure the final product matches their vision. For live performances, stage directors support a consistent, strong performance. Work hours in these fields are often long and irregular, and pressure to finish projects on time is constant. Employment may be temporary, and travel is common… whether to tour with a theater production, or shoot a TV show or movie on location. A combination of a bachelor’s degree and several years’ related work experience is the usual path to enter these fields. A background in acting, film and video editing, or cinematography are typical.
What they do:
Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or film productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.
On the job, you would:
Write and edit news stories from information collected by reporters and other sources.
Plan details such as framing, composition, camera movement, sound, and actor movement for each shot or scene.
Communicate to actors the approach, characterization, and movement needed for each scene in such a way that rehearsals and takes are minimized.
Arts and Humanities
music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
Engineering and Technology
computers and electronics
talking to others
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
use rules to solve problems
pay attention to something without being distracted
People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Video creation and editing software
Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
Web page creation and editing software
Social media sites
Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.