The media, journalism, printing and publishing sectors are currently undergoing a transitional period and, more than ever before, there is a need for new talent.
The rapid progress of Internet and digital media continues to contribute to the decrease in the demand for printed material, and environmental and financial considerations also favour an increased use of digital media in all information-related spheres. Moreover, new skills, specializations and forms of writing are being developed. It goes without saying that the advent of all these new technologies will lead to significant changes in terms of employment in these sectors, with the disappearance of some positions and the creation of others.
In recent years, a vast array of promising and increasingly sought-after occupations in media have seen the light such as interactive media writer, online community manager, digital media buyer and web content manager.
Despite a decrease in the number of jobs in printing and publishing in general, there is still a demand for printing press operators, drafters-revisers and translators.
Most new job openings will be secured by candidates who have acquired hands-on business or freelance experience. In view of the profession’s strong appeal, competition is fierce for filling vacancies. Young people who are proficient in new technologies have an additional trump card in this multi-disciplinary sector.
Typically, a bachelor’s degree is required in all kinds of fields. Disciplines related to communications and the humanities are especially relevant, but studies as varied as law, political science, economics and history can open the door to these equally diverse professions. A college degree in a field associated with multimedia, journalism, editing, revision or translation may be sufficient, especially if it is combined with work experience or volunteering, or with work placements.
Most openings will be created as professionals leave their positions to go and work in other spheres of the communications world or simply for a higher-ranking job or retirement.