Employment Snapshot of the Media Industry

It’s no surprise that the print industry has been hit hard over the past few years as more people take to the internet to get their news.  But according to the recent findings published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are some promising opportunities in the media field.  The findings show a shift in where job opportunities are expanding, and the sectors that are on the decline.

The data includes information collected from 544,220 professionals working in the information industry, but does not include those who are self-employed.  In a series of charts and graphs, the BLS covers all areas including employment, number of establishments, average income, projected job growth, and employment by location.

The numbers give insight into an industry that is generally considered to be dwindling, but according to these statistics, that isn’t necessarily the case.  Although the numbers fluctuate depending on the particular field, it seems as though there are plenty of opportunities in a number of fields.  Some of the statistics may be startling – mainly the decline of the print industry, but the BLS expects an increase in job opportunities in all sectors besides reporters and correspondents.

Some numbers show a surprising growth in opportunities.  Photographers are expected to see an influx in available positions with as many as 17,500 jobs to be added by 2020.

Since 2007, the field of internet publishing has seen rapid growth with the number of establishments nearly doubling to just over 9,000.  Technical writers are expected to reap the benefits of this growth with a projected 17.2 percent increase in jobs by the end of the decade.

But it’s not all great news.  The data shows that between 2001 and 2011, there was a 27 percent decrease in employment in the industry overall.  As newspapers fight to remain relevant in an increasingly technical world, some aren’t able to keep up.  The newspaper publishing industry saw a decrease of 40 percent in employment and nearly 11 percent of establishments closed.

Due to the decrease in print jobs, many newspapers have turned to the internet to increase traffic and make their material available to the tech-dependent world.  Turning to the internet also has its advantages as newspapers can expand into realms that were previously impossible.  More and more newspapers are developing videos and podcasts allowing them to reach a broader audience.

The vast decline of the print industry, with nearly 165,000 jobs lost in the last decade, has skewed the numbers since the overall job loss is substantial compared to the other fields. But as print jobs decrease, opportunities for other platforms continue to expand.

About Sean Flynn

Sean Flynn is a recent graduate from City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. His work has appeared in The Buffalo News, Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Times 'Fort Greene Local', The Daily Meal, and FoxNews.com.
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