New media as a discipline incorporates elements of design, advertising, reporting, photography, editing, special effects, film, and computer science. This means, professionals in this field have multiple talents that many New York firms desire. The state is home to some of the world’s top advertising agencies, media companies, networks, design studios, production companies, mobile communications companies, and more, so aspiring new media professionals here have plenty of job opportunities to choose from.
Job titles may include new media specialist, interactive producer, digital video designer, art director, new media designer, motion graphics designer, interactive designer, graphic designer, and illustrator. Just a few of the state’s top companies for new media talent are Viacom, Omnicom Group, JWT, Ogilvy & Mather, LinkedIn, Nielsen, Time Warner, the interactive departments of FOX, NBC, ABC, and CBS. While you can find new media jobs across the state, most are in New York City—the nation’s largest city.
Besides being home to a more creative agencies and media firms than most other states, New York is home to dozens of schools that embrace multiple forms of media, including new media. As of 2011, New York was home to more than 300 accredited colleges and universities. Several offer new media programs that are among the best in the country.
New York New Media Schools
New York is home to several schools that offer a degree in new media. The list below provides information about New York’s new media schools and what they have to offer.
Purchase College, State University of New York - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Graphic Design, B. A. New Media
Rochester Institute of Technology - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Film and Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design, 3D Digital Graphics, New Media Design and Imaging; B. S. Game Design and Development, Media Arts and Technology, New Media Interactive Development; M. F. A. Computer Graphics Design, Film and Animation, Graphic Design; M. S. Game Design and Development
Employment and Salary Trends for New York New Media Professionals
In 2010, New York was home to 850 media and communications professionals with an average annual income of $57,840 for 2010. Although the state lost half of its salaried media and communications professionals between 2006 and 2010, New York is still on the list of the top ten states for workers in this field. Not only this, but New York is the fourth top paying state for this occupation. Salaries are up from $55,130 in 2006 to $57,840 in 2010.
Across the nation, there are more than 23,000 salaried media and communications professionals, up slightly from 22,970 for 2006. In 2010, media and communications professionals averaged $43,090 (median) nationwide. The lowest paid professionals earned $23,480, and the highest 10 percent averaged $85,630. These figures have increased since 2006, when the median average was $42,570 and the lowest 10 percent earned $22,580, and the top 10 percent earned $76,270.