What does a Media Specialist do?

Media specialists work with various types of audio-visual equipment in settings including schools, libraries, and businesses. They may be called upon to teach others how to use the equipment for presentations, classroom lectures, or meetings. They set up equipment and may also acquire and catalog materials while maintaining equipment and software. Media specialists take inventory and maintain supplies and equipment.

Media specialists update and maintain a library of available material, including films, tapes, photos, slides, and software. Although many media specialists work in elementary or secondary schools, they also work in high schools, colleges, public and private libraries, and private companies. They advise on types of equipment to use and preview and organize available materials into databases. Media specialists need extensive knowledge of the latest advances in equipment, including cameras, computers, and recorders, and a minimum bachelor's degree in education, library science, or a media specialist degree at the graduate level.

What responsibilities are common for Media Specialist jobs?
  • Execute multivariate tests, including ad copy, asset creative, and landing pages to reach performance targets.
  • Build and maintain strong client relationships.
  • Manage campaign budget across various platforms daily, weekly, and on a quarterly basis.
  • Communicate day to day media updates from vendors/shows to the Account team and/or Media Buyer/Planner.
  • Provide input on customer briefs, presentations, and sales literature.
  • Support other teams in responding to client requests and special projects as necessary.
  • Manage the creation and posting of social media content on all channels.
  • Refine, develop, and implement best practices, workflows, and efficiencies in order to improve the user experience.
  • Maintain communication with external teams when necessary, including programmatic vendors and partners.
  • Advise proper teams on how to best use search to improve consumer trends and understanding.
  • Assist with ad copywriting with partners and clients for campaigns.
  • Act as final resource for all inventory, billing and invoice discrepancies.
  • Analyze and report on paid media campaign data and performance.
  • Collaborate with sales team to identify and grow opportunities.
  • Oversee planning activity for assigned accounts to assure quality.
What are the typical qualifications for Media Specialist jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business or marketing.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Familiarity with Google Analytics and AdWords.
  • Demonstrated strong critical thinking and time management abilities.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Media Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

£29,164 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£18K
Median: £29K
£47K
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Media Specialist Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
32%
2 - 4
60%
5 - 7
4%
8+
4%
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Media Specialist Insights

Read what Media Specialist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Sushi TeiSushi Tei
Social Media Specialist
3 May 2022

“Not good for proper self development and a long term career (for creative department)”

Carat USACarat USA
Media Supervisor
30 Mar 2021

“Really dependent on what account you work on to determine happiness at company; Not the best work/life balance”

RMR & AssociatesRMR & Associates
Media Relations Specialist
18 Jan 2021

“I made great friends along the way and look back fondly on my time at RMR!”

Mekanism IncMekanism Inc
Media
6 May 2021

“life balance is not a priority here and any employee can expect to work many nights and weekends.”

Publicis Health MediaPublicis Health Media
Media Supervisor
19 Dec 2021

“They are hardworking and knowledgeable and some of the best in the field in my opinion.”

Effective SpendEffective Spend
Digital Media Strategist
28 Jan 2022

“From day one my experiences have been positive and I've made some close friends on the job.”

NAFSANAFSA
Media Relations and Advocacy
28 Jan 2021

“Worked with a great team and got to work on projects led by my interests.”

PerformicsPerformics
Associate Biddable Media
8 Jun 2021

“I worked with Performics India for around 2 years and it was an excellent learning experience.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of media specialists

Media specialists spend their workday using various types of audiovisual equipment, such as computers, cameras, and recording devices. Media specialists may work in an educational setting teaching others how to use the equipment, or they may work in a museum or other venue, where they set up and maintain the equipment for others to use.

Media specialists have a versatile career and can work in a variety of industries, including the public sector, private organizations, government entities, business corporations, and educational institutions. Individuals who become a media specialist are often highly creative and enjoy producing resources for others.

Successful media specialists get paid well. The average base pay for a media specialist in the United States is £29,164 per year. Their salary can vary depending on years of experience, level of education, and the industry in which they work.

Working as a media specialist can be demanding at times, as they must have excellent communication skills and well-developed interpersonal skills to navigate work responsibilities, whether teaching about the equipment or setting up a system for others to use during a presentation.

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