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Audiovisual Communications

165 Master's Degrees Annually
#214 in Popularity (Master's)
$61,750 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Audiovisual Communications Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many audiovisual communications graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 165
Graduate Certificate 1

What Audiovisual Communications Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to audiovisual were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Audiovisual Majors

Audiovisual majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Skills for Audiovisual Majors

When studying audiovisual, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Audiovisual Majors

As you progress with your audiovisual degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

What Can You Do With a Audiovisual Communications Major?

People with a audiovisual degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 12.8% $43,770
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture 7.2% $54,570
Film and Video Editors 17.0% $62,650
Sound Engineering Technicians 6.5% $52,390

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Audiovisual Communications?

165 Master's Degrees Annually
52% Percent Women
22% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 52% of the graduates are women, and 48% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of audiovisual majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Audiovisual Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 4
Black or African American 20
Hispanic or Latino 9
White 37
International Students 81
Other Races/Ethnicities 14

Geographic Diversity

Audiovisual appeals to people across the globe. About 49.1% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Venezuela
  • Canada
  • India

How Much Do Audiovisual Communications Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that audiovisual communications students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree made a median starting salary of $26,900 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $26,900 (25th percentile) and $26,900 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in audiovisual, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Audiovisual majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $48,940 to $63,500 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with audiovisual may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to audiovisual have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 2.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 21.7%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 14.5%
Some College Courses 15.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 25.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 22.6%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.8%

Online Audiovisual Communications Programs

In 2018-2019, 322 schools offered a audiovisual program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 165 5
Certificate (1-2 years) 159 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 4 0
Associate’s Degree 239 5
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
Post-Baccalaureate 165 5
Master’s Degree 8 1
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Audiovisual Communications Worth It?

The median salary for a audiovisual grad is $61,750 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 55% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $437,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to audiovisual.

Major Number of Grads
Graphic Communications 7,434
Communications Technology 715
Other Communication Technology 375

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