What is the entertainment industry?

The U.S. Entertainment and Media industry encompasses many different career paths for creative pursuits. Most people immediately think of film & television, publishing or the music industry. In the most modern of terms, though, it also includes a wide variety of online content and even video game production which can also include development of virtual reality and mobile apps.

The United States is the world's largest Entertainment and Media market and is expected to grow to well over $720 Billion by the year 2020.

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The Entertainment & Media industry offers a wide variety of jobs that are always evolving. 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 ability to adapt, work ethic and desire to succeed.

From staff writing to public affairs work, there are many different ways your time in the military can help you transition into a career in this industry. Even day-to-day life experiences in uniform can translate into positions as diverse as a technical advisor on a movie set to stunt work. Work in the Entertainment and Media industry can be very physical, such as moving heavy equipment.

One of the most important keys to successfully working in Entertainment is an ability to work with a wide variety of people and personalities, some very demanding. As a veteran or spouse, no doubt you've had experience in that aspect, but if you have any questions, just click "Leaders" below to connect with a leading employer who can help you translate your skills.

Featured Entertainment Careers

Scroll below to learn more about just a few of the career paths the Entertainment & Media industry provides to veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, transitioning service members and military families. Click on each job title for more details.


$32,922 - $40,681

Producers and directors oversee everything related to a production or live performance, including casting, scripting, editing, and budgeting. Directors are typically more responsible for the creative direction of projects, while producers are responsible for budgetary and financial decisions.



$45,179 - $68,725

Film and video editors receive video of live performances and edit the footage for presentation. Editors often work closely with film and television directors to create footage that tells a story and reflects the vision of the performance creators. Most editors will need technical know-how with video editing software, such as Adobe After Effects.



$29,043 - $36,005

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.


$47,259 - $65,222

Broadcast operations coordinators schedule broadcasts and arrange for hosts, guests, or technical equipment needed. You'll ensure programming follows station format and coordinates graphics, images, callers, commercials, or other on-air elements and coordinate the work of technical staff, including editors, videographers, and sound/lighting.


$39,910 - $57,241

Audio-visual technicians operate, monitor and adjust 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 performances or other time-sensitive events.