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Career Research Notes

Step 1: Take the Career Cluster Survey


Identify the Career Cluster(s) that best fits your personality, skills and interests by taking
the Career Cluster Survey. Download at
http://www.21things4students.net/downloads/career_prep/careerclustersurvey_2013060
8_142357_1.pdf
My Top Cluster:
My top cluster is Arts, A/V Technology & Communications.

View the video about your top Career Cluster at Careerinfonet.org


Video Name: Arts, A/V Technology & Communications (Cluster Video)
Video Link: http://wpc.2a70.edgecastcdn.net/002A70/CareerVideos/00-0000.03.mp4
Citation Information: This video tells me the different occupations that I could
choose from and how they impact other people.

Include information about the top Career Cluster that matches your
personality/skills/interests in your multi-media presentation.

Additional information I want to include: The chances of it going anywhere, who it


helps, or how it works.

Step 2: Research your Career Cluster


Visit the CareerShip site at http://mappingyourfuture.org/planyourcareer/careership/index.cfm and search by Career
Cluster (using results from your survey above). Locate three possible careers within your cluster, including details
about career descriptions, tasks, interests, education, knowledge, skills, and etc. for use in your multi-media
presentation.

Category

Career
Description

Tasks

Career 1
Poets, Lyricists and
Creative Writers
Create original written works,
such as scripts, essays, prose,
poetry or song lyrics, for
publication or performance.

Write words to fit musical


compositions, including lyrics
for operas, musical plays, and
choral works.
Collaborate with other writers
on specific projects.
Follow appropriate procedures
to get copyrights for
completed work.
Prepare works in appropriate
format for publication, and
send them to publishers or
producers.

Career 2
Producers
Plan and coordinate various
aspects of radio, television,
stage, or motion picture
production, such as selecting
script, coordinating writing,
directing and editing, and
arranging financing.
Coordinate the activities of
writers, directors, managers,
and other personnel
throughout the production
process.
Monitor post-production
processes in order to ensure
accurate completion of all
details.
Plan and coordinate the
production of musical
recordings, selecting music
and directing performers.

Career 3
Sound Engineering
Technicians
Operate machines and
equipment to record,
synchronize, mix, or reproduce
music, voices, or sound effects in
sporting arenas, theater
productions, recording studios, or
movie and video productions.
Confer with producers,
performers, and others in order
to determine and achieve the
desired sound for a production
such as a musical recording or a
film.
Set up, test, and adjust recording
equipment for recording sessions
and live performances; tear down
equipment after event
completion.
Regulate volume level and sound
quality during recording sessions,
using control consoles.

Interests

Education

Investigative - Investigative
occupations frequently involve
working with ideas, and require
an extensive amount of
thinking. These occupations
can involve searching for facts
and figuring out problems
mentally.
Artistic - Artistic occupations
frequently involve working with
forms, designs and patterns.
They often require selfexpression and the work can
be done without following a
clear set of rules.
Enterprising - Enterprising
occupations frequently involve
starting up and carrying out
projects. These occupations
can involve leading people and
making many decisions.
Sometimes they require risk
taking and often deal with
business.
Most of these occupations
require a four-year bachelor's
degree, but some do not.

Artistic - Artistic occupations


frequently involve working
with forms, designs and
patterns. They often require
self-expression and the work
can be done without following
a clear set of rules.
Enterprising - Enterprising
occupations frequently
involve starting up and
carrying out projects. These
occupations can involve
leading people and making
many decisions. Sometimes
they require risk taking and
often deal with business.

Most of these occupations


require a four-year bachelor's
degree, but some do not.

Prepare for recording sessions by


performing activities such as
selecting and setting up
microphones.
Artistic - Artistic occupations
frequently involve working with
forms, designs and patterns.
They often require selfexpression and the work can be
done without following a clear set
of rules.
Conventional - Conventional
occupations frequently involve
following set procedures and
routines. These occupations can
include working with data and
details more than with ideas.
Usually there is a clear line of
authority to follow.

Most occupations in this zone


require training in vocational
schools, related on-the-job

Knowledge

Skills

English Language - Knowledge


of the structure and content of
the English language including
the meaning and spelling of
words, rules of composition,
and grammar.
Writing - Communicating
effectively in writing as
appropriate for the needs of
the audience.

Fine Arts - Knowledge of the


theory and techniques
required to compose,
produce, and perform works
of music, dance, visual arts,
drama, and sculpture.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written
sentences and paragraphs in
work related documents.
Active Listening - Giving full
attention to what other people
are saying, taking time to
understand the points being
made, asking questions as
appropriate, and not
interrupting at inappropriate
times.

experience, or an associate's
degree.
Fine Arts - Knowledge of the
theory and techniques required
to compose, produce, and
perform works of music, dance,
visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Other:___________

Step 3: Research Career Outlook


Locate the nature of work, working conditions, education, job outlook, and earnings for your top three careers using
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/ and/or the O*NET
Database at http://www.onetonline.org/
Category

Nature of Work

Career 1
Poets, Lyricists and Creative
Writers
Knowledge of the structure and

Career 2
Producers
Coordinate the activities of

Career 3
Sound Engineering
Technicians
Confer with producers,

Working
Conditions

content of the English language


including the meaning and
spelling of words, rules of
composition, and grammar.

writers, directors, managers,


and other personnel throughout
the production process.
Research production topics
using the internet, video
archives, and other
informational sources.

Writing Communicating
effectively in writing as
appropriate for the needs of the
audience.
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences
and paragraphs in work related
documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic
and reasoning to identify the
strengths and weaknesses of
alternative solutions,
conclusions or approaches to
problems.

Communications and Media


Knowledge of media production,
communication, and
dissemination techniques and
methods. This includes
alternative ways to inform and
entertain via written, oral, and
visual media.
English Language Knowledge
of the structure and content of
the English language including
the meaning and spelling of
words, rules of composition, and
grammar.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards,
processors, chips, electronic
equipment, and computer
hardware and software,

performers, and others to


determine and achieve the
desired sound for a
production, such as a musical
recording or a film.
Prepare for recording sessions
by performing activities such
as selecting and setting up
microphones.
Record speech, music, and
other sounds on recording
media, using recording
equipment.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards,
processors, chips, electronic
equipment, and computer
hardware and software,
including applications and
programming.
Communications and Media
Knowledge of media
production, communication,
and dissemination techniques
and methods. This includes
alternative ways to inform and
entertain via written, oral, and
visual media.

Job Outlook

Slower than average (3% to 7%)

including applications and


programming.
Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Earnings

$57,750 annual

$69,480 annual

Little or no change (-2% to


2%)

$46,480 annual

Step 4: Compare Your Top Three


Careers
Use the Career One-Stop to compare your top
three careers. Key the career in the search
box, then click the link provided to get more
information and view a video. Create a
spreadsheet and graph that compares your top
three careers on salary. Include the
spreadsheet/graph in your multi-media
presentation. (Click here for a "Help"
document for this task").

Insert a screenshot of your spreadsheet/graph below:

Step 5: Create and Share your Multi-Media Presentation


Create a multi-media presentation that includes information from Steps 1-4.
Your presentation should include:
A. Research gathered from Steps 1-4, including Career Cluster, Top 3,
descriptions, skills, nature of work, work conditions, education/skills, job
outlook, salary/graph spreadsheet comparison, and etc.
B. Citations
C. Creative Commons
D. Copyright friendly images
E. Anything else you feel adds to the presentation's visual appeal
Post your presentation to your online presence. NOTE: This presentation may
be used in the "Video Creation" Thing.

Web address where I posted my presentation: