A program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY generates $150 billion in the UNITED STATES annually.

why Entertainment?

Although many veterans may not consider it when choosing a career, the entertainment and media industry offers a wide variety of jobs that are often lucrative and always evolving. People in the entertainment business work in teams to produce media as diverse as films, television shows, music albums, video games, magazines, radio broadcasts and more. Because the work often requires long hours, occasionally erratic schedules and periods of intense concentration, military veterans are among the top candidates for careers in this industry due to their work ethic and desire to succeed.

Editors and Camera Operators
Live Entertainers
Sound Engineering Technicians
Broadcast News Analysts
Producers and Directors

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  • Film and video editors and camera operators are responsible for capturing images of live performances and editing the footage for presentation.
  • Camera operators often must scout out locations before filming to determine optimal camera angles and filming techniques.
  • Editors often work closely with film and television directors to create footage that helps tell a story.
  • Videographers and camera operators can either work for an in-house production company or start their own freelance business.
  • Live entertainers include musicians, singers and actors who perform independently or in groups in front of live audiences in nightclubs, concert halls and theaters.
  • Because of the high levels of competition for these jobs, performers must practice frequently and have natural talent.
  • Independent performers often work erratic schedules and must frequently seek out new work once scheduled performances end.
  • Broadcast and sound engineers are responsible for operating, monitoring and adjusting video and audio equipment to maintain quality during live and taped performances and programs.
  • Technicians must be able to quickly assemble and disassemble their equipment when working at live performances or other time-sensitive events.
  • Work environments for people with this skill set include television production studios, music recording studios, live music venues and radio stations.
  • Many technicians are also responsible for setting up lighting equipment for both temporary and permanent stages in hotels, offices and schools.
  • Reporters and broadcast news analysts are responsible for researching, writing and delivering news stories for television and radio broadcasts.
  • Live broadcasters must be comfortable working in front of cameras and creating stories on short notice.
  • Reporters are required to possess excellent writing, editing and interviewing skills in order to write informative and entertaining stories for their readers or viewers.
  • Many news analysts use social media, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to quickly deliver stories and information to local and national audiences.
  • Producers and directors are responsible for overseeing everything related to a production or live performance, including casting, scripting, editing and budget.
  • Directors are typically more responsible for the creative direction of projects, while producers are responsible for budgetary and financial decisions.
  • Producers and directors work together to determine the overall vision of a film, television production or stage performance.
  • Many large productions hire multiple producers and directors to handle different aspects of the performance.

Employment of professionals in the entertainment and media industry is expected to grow around 10 percent through 2022, which is average for most professions. Although many of the jobs will be in cities with large media presences such as Los Angeles and New York City, smaller cities and towns will also hire people with relevant skills to work in private businesses, schools and hotels to manage audiovisual equipment and productions.

about the sponsor

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about entertainment and media certifications

Although many jobs in the ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA INDUSTRY require college degrees, others are primarily based on experience, creativity and ability to perform under pressure. Applicants with impressive and extensive portfolios are sometimes preferred over candidates with more educational backgrounds and less relevant real-world experience. In addition, many veterans who have experience operating high-tech equipment during their military service may have an advantage over other candidates when applying for positions as media technicians.

The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE)
Digital Cinematography
Journalism and Mass Communication
Adobe After Effects
Entertainment Technician (ETCP)


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The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE)

The Society of Broadcast Engineers awards several certifications for various proficiencies in the entertainment and media industry, including radio and television operation, audio and video engineering, and professional broadcast engineering. These certifications show potential employers that candidates have the skills necessary to work in a modern media setting.

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List of SBE Certifications SBE Certified Schools

Digital Cinematography

Certificates in digital cinematography are designed to help students learn how to effectively capture live motion picture images. Coursework for these certifications teaches the overall operation of high-definition cameras, lighting management, frame composition and how to work in a team-based media environment.

2 Semesters

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Journalism and Mass Communication

Many jobs in media and entertainment, including magazine writing, broadcasting and public relations, require a degree in journalism. A Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication provides students with an education and relevant skills in multimedia journalism, including media writing skills, photo and video editing techniques, and media analysis.

8 Semesters

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Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is one of the most widely used video editing and motion graphics design programs in the entertainment and media industry. People who are proficient at using the latest version of this software have an edge when applying for jobs as producers, editors and camera operators. Adobe offers an exam and certification for people who can demonstrate their competency at using this powerful software tool.

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Adobe After Effects Exams and Certifications

Entertainment Technician (ETCP)

The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) is a program designed by entertainment organizations, businesses and individuals to create assessment and certifications for professional technicians. Experts and occupations in the industry that are served by the ETCP include entertainment electricians, arena riggers, theater riggers and more. Workers who participate in the program learn skills to help them install, operate and maintain equipment necessary for their jobs.

3,000 Hours of Work Experience

ETCP Program Overview Page Useful Resources for Electricians and Riggers