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How Do I Become a Digital Asset Manager?

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To become a digital asset manager, you should be interested in learning more about library sciences and digital archival methods. The position requires years of experience, usually five years, to attain the Director of Digital Asset Management position in a company. Furthermore, knowing how to use different digital asset management systems is key to becoming a professional in this field.

Learning how to track a company's digital assets including media images, videos, and audio pieces requires a significant amount of study. Most digital asset managers obtain a bachelor's or associate degree in library and information sciences. Courses in this undergraduate program teach students about the history of media archival, cataloging, and preservation and classification methods.

In order to become a digital asset manager that receives a higher salary and more challenging work, you should strive to get an advanced degree in library and information sciences. In a graduate program, students learn the theoretical bases for archival methods and digital preservation styles. They also study how to use digital asset management software more in depth. It is imperative that whether you obtain an associate, bachelor's, or master's degree, the program which grants the degree is accredited by your country's professional library association.

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Besides being able to use proprietary digital asset management system software, experience in media asset management may also include using digital image editing software. Such software might include Photoshop® and the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite®. Some companies may also like for you to be familiar with various data management computer programming languages, such as structured query language (SQL) and extensible markup language (XML). A traditional library and information sciences course of study may not include these aspects in its program. Therefore, it is important that one who wishes to become a digital asset manager learn these skills on their own through self-study tutorials or classes at a local community college.

More than any other factor, developing the ability to utilize enterprise-level digital asset management system software is necessary to become a digital asset manager. There are many major software systems available for a company's media asset management needs. Usually, digital asset managers learn to use one or more types of asset management software while on the job. After using these software systems for many years, managers become familiar with their advantages, disadvantages, and processes. Knowledge of these systems is rewarded by favorable salaries and more interesting projects.

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