Technical Directors/Managers
SOC: 27-2012.05


Coordinate activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, engineering, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
122,600 employed

Projected (2024):
133,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Audio Operator
  • Audio Technician
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Creative Services Director
  • Director
  • Engineer
  • Engineering Production Liaison
  • Engineering Production Operations Director
  • Master Control Operator (MCO)
  • Master Control Supervisor
  • News Director
  • News Technical Director
  • On-Air Director
  • Operations Director
  • Operations Manager
  • Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Coordinator
  • Production Director
  • Production Engineer
  • Production Manager
  • Production Operations Inspector
  • Production Superintendent
  • Production Supervisor
  • Production Support Manager
  • Program Director
  • Project Manager
  • Radio Station Manager
  • Radio Television Technical Director (Radio TV Technical Director)
  • Record Producer
  • Remote Operations Producer
  • Station Manager
  • Talent Engineer
  • Technical Director
  • Technical Engineer
  • Television Director
  • Television Newscast Director

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Direct technical aspects of newscasts and other productions, checking and switching between video sources and taking responsibility for the on-air product, including camera shots and graphics.
  • Test equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Monitor broadcasts to ensure that programs conform to station or network policies and regulations.
  • Observe pictures through monitors and direct camera and video staff concerning shading and composition.
  • Act as liaisons between engineering and production departments.
  • Supervise and assign duties to workers engaged in technical control and production of radio and television programs.
  • Schedule use of studio and editing facilities for producers and engineering and maintenance staff.
  • Confer with operations directors to formulate and maintain fair and attainable technical policies for programs.
  • Operate equipment to produce programs or broadcast live programs from remote locations.
  • Train workers in use of equipment, such as switchers, cameras, monitors, microphones, and lights.
  • Switch between video sources in a studio or on multi-camera remotes, using equipment such as switchers, video slide projectors, and video effects generators.
  • Set up and execute video transitions and special effects, such as fades, dissolves, cuts, keys, and supers, using computers to manipulate pictures as necessary.
  • Collaborate with promotions directors to produce on-air station promotions.
  • Discuss filter options, lens choices, and the visual effects of objects being filmed with photography directors and video operators.
  • Follow instructions from production managers and directors during productions, such as commands for camera cuts, effects, graphics, and takes.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Analog editing systems
  • Audio boards
  • Camera control units
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital editing systems
  • Digital video cameras
  • Digital video effects units
  • Laptop computers
  • Linear editing systems
  • Master control switchers
  • Non-linear editing systems
  • Personal computers
  • Robotic cameras
  • Studio lighting
  • Tape machines
  • Teleprompters
  • Video servers
  • Videotape recorders
  • Vision mixers
  • Wireless microphones
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Autodesk Maya for Design Visualization
  • Avid Technology Media Composer
  • Avid Technology Pro Tools
  • Avid Technology software
  • C
  • C++
  • Character generator software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Python
  • Side Effects Houdini
  • The Associated Press ENPS

  • arts design entertainment sports and media

    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980