Occupational Clusters in Communications

Occupational clusters refers to groupings of careers that are similar based on required skills, knowledge, duties, education and working environments. Career exploration is often facilitated by identifying occupational clusters of interest. Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system), an online career exploration tool, provides information on careers including: job descriptions, working conditions, education, career paths, related jobs, and interviews with professionals in the field.

Journalism (Columnist, Print Journalist, Reviewer)

Columnists write opinion pieces for publication in newspapers or magazines. They often enhance the facts with their opinions or write from their personal experiences.

Television and Radio (Reporter, Production Manager, Anchor)

Reporters collect information on newsworthy events and prepare stories for radio or television broadcast. Good reporters are always on the lookout for story ideas.

Film (Cinematographer, Producer, Film Editor)

Like editors of newspapers, magazines or books, a Film Editor shapes the content and assists a Writer and Director in telling a story.

Advertising and Marketing (Copywriter, Art Director, Project Manager)

Advertising Copywriters may write jingles, slogans or scripts for commercials, and they often work closely with graphic designers, photographers, and directors. They may work for advertising agencies, newspapers, television and radio stations or government agencies.

New Media (Web Developer, Graphic Designer, Multimedia Developer)

New Media Developers create new ways to deliver and present information, often as an interactive blend of video, audio, text, animation and graphics.

Public Relations/Communications (Communications Specialist, Fundraiser, Public Affairs Coordinator, Public Relations Specialist, Event Coordinator)

Public Relations Specialists perform a variety of functions including responding to media requests for information, coordinating promotions for products or people, preparing and delivering speeches, and establishing and maintaining relationships with communities, employers, consumer and public interest groups.

Publishing (Editor, Copywriter, Proofreader)

A Copy Editor does the final editing of the manuscript and is responsible for correcting errors of spelling, punctuation, grammar, and any inconsistencies in the text.

Writer/Technical Writer

A Technical Writer can write for various industries and create instructions/directions, procedural manuals, training programs and other materials for both average reader or industry professionals.