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Job Description & Duties Prepare, plan, and operate multimedia teaching aids for use in education. May record, catalogue, and file materials.

What Do Multimedia Collections Specialists Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Construct and position properties, sets, lighting equipment, and other equipment.
  • Develop manuals, texts, workbooks, or related materials for use in conjunction with production materials.
  • Develop preproduction ideas and incorporate them into outlines, scripts, story boards, and graphics.
  • Install audio-visual equipment.
  • Produce rough and finished graphics and graphic designs.
  • Narrate presentations and productions.

Things a Multimedia Collections Specialist Should Know How to Do

Below is a list of the skills most Multimedia Collections Specialists say are important on the job.

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.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

  • Visual Specialist
  • Audio-Visual Collections Coordinator
  • Audio Visual Specialist
  • Video Coordinator
  • Instructional Design Specialist

Job Opportunities for Multimedia Collections Specialists

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 11,300 jobs in the United States for Multimedia Collections Specialist. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.8% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,000 new jobs for Multimedia Collections Specialist by 2026. The BLS estimates 1,100 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Multimedia Collections Specialist are Idaho, Colorado, and Utah. Watch out if you plan on working in Wyoming, Maine, or Iowa. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Multimedia Collections Specialist Make?

Multimedia Collections Specialists make between $26,690 and $81,540 a year.


Multimedia Collections Specialists who work in District of Columbia, Connecticut, or Georgia, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Multimedia Collections Specialists in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Arizona $40,700
Arkansas $42,020
California $51,270
Connecticut $72,920
Delaware $45,660
District of Columbia $79,760
Florida $56,440
Georgia $57,790
Hawaii $54,080
Illinois $54,900
Indiana $48,340
Iowa $38,940
Maryland $54,960
Massachusetts $56,630
Michigan $47,780
Minnesota $58,900
Mississippi $31,810
Missouri $55,930
New Hampshire $48,770
New York $59,150
North Carolina $46,990
Ohio $44,470
Oklahoma $39,880
Oregon $51,140
Pennsylvania $48,460
South Carolina $75,780
Tennessee $48,100
Texas $54,740
Utah $38,250
Virginia $58,350
Washington $45,940
West Virginia $46,110
Wisconsin $53,410

Tools & Technologies Used by Multimedia Collections Specialists

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Multimedia Collections Specialists may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Word processing software
  • Data visualization software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Facebook
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver

How do I Become a Multimedia Collections Specialist?

Are there Multimedia Collections Specialists education requirements?


What work experience do I need to become a Multimedia Collections Specialist?


Where Multimedia Collections Specialists Are Employed


Multimedia Collections Specialists work in the following industries:


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