Media Specialization could prove to be a good career after undergraduation.
The three main jobs of a media specialist are teaching, instructional consultancy, and a tryst as information specialist. They are the kind of teachers who make classes and presentations more lively and exciting with the help of multimedia equipment. They work with equipment like television and video equipment, camera, projectors etc on behalf of schools, libraries etc. They are ones who manage the library staff adults and students. They help the students find and use books – audio visual equipment, computers, microfiche, video tapes etc. They also enlighten teachers about new teaching devices and software, best suited teaching aids for particular grades, equipment and books. Media specialists keep themselves updated on the developments in media and learning methods, and this is what makes their work stimulating.
To work in a school set up it is beneficial to have a master’s degree in educational media or instructional technology. Even a master’s in communications, library science, library media or education helps. Voluntary work in media centers helps in the development of their skills. A certain amount of creativity and adaptability is required to become a media specialist. Most start their vocation as teachers and switch over to this field. They must possess the expertise to operate different kinds of audiovisual equipment which they can teach others as well. The salary scales generally depend on the amount of craft acquired by them.
Most media specialist return to the basic profession that they started from i.e. teaching. They usually do so, even if they have not started from teaching and take up jobs at colleges and universities and also as directors of media programs.