Audio and Video Equipment Technicians
SOC: 27-4011.00


Set up, or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. May also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
70,900 employed

Projected (2024):
79,400 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 Technician
  • Audio Video Technician
  • Audio Visual Specialist
  • Audio Visual Technician
  • Audio-Visual Production Specialist
  • Audio/Visual Manager
  • Audio/Visual Operator
  • Audiovisual Communications Systems Technician
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Classroom Technology Technician
  • Communications Equipment Operating Technician
  • Communications Technician
  • Equipment Technician
  • Event AV Operator
  • Event Crew Technician
  • Event Specialist
  • Event Technician
  • Instructional Media Services Technician
  • Instructional Systems Specialist
  • Interactive Video Technician
  • Laserist
  • Light Technician
  • Lighting Equipment Operator
  • Master Control Engineer
  • Master Control Operator (MCO)
  • Media Coordinator
  • Media Technician
  • Multimedia Educational Specialist
  • Multimedia Production Assistant
  • Music Sound Light Technician
  • Operations Technician
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Planetarium Technician
  • Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Manager
  • Production Sound Mixer
  • Projectionist
  • Projector Operator
  • Radio Producer
  • Sight Effects Specialist
  • Sound Controller
  • Special Effects Designer
  • Special Effects Specialist
  • Stage Technician
  • Stagehand
  • Technical Assistant
  • Technical Director
  • Television Technician
  • Theater Technician
  • Video Control Operator
  • Video Editor
  • Video Operator
  • Video Production Assistant
  • Video Technician
  • Videographer

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    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
  • Installation
  • 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
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • 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:

  • Notify supervisors when major equipment repairs are needed.
  • Monitor incoming and outgoing pictures and sound feeds to ensure quality and notify directors of any possible problems.
  • Mix and regulate sound inputs and feeds or coordinate audio feeds with television pictures.
  • Design layouts of audio and video equipment and perform upgrades and maintenance.
  • Perform minor repairs and routine cleaning of audio and video equipment.
  • Switch sources of video input from one camera or studio to another, from film to live programming, or from network to local programming.
  • Meet with directors and senior members of camera crews to discuss assignments and determine filming sequences, camera movements, and picture composition.
  • Construct and position properties, sets, lighting equipment, and other equipment.
  • Compress, digitize, duplicate, and store audio and video data.
  • Obtain, set up, and load videotapes for scheduled productions or broadcasts.
  • Edit videotapes by erasing and removing portions of programs and adding video or sound as required.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of assistants and other personnel during production.
  • Plan and develop pre-production ideas into outlines, scripts, story boards, and graphics, using own ideas or specifications of assignments.
  • Maintain inventories of audio and videotapes and related supplies.
  • Determine formats, approaches, content, levels, and mediums to effectively meet objectives within budgetary constraints, using research, knowledge, and training.
  • Record and edit audio material, such as movie soundtracks, using audio recording and editing equipment.
  • Inform users of audio and videotaping service policies and procedures.
  • Obtain and preview musical performance programs prior to events to become familiar with the order and approximate times of pieces.
  • Produce rough and finished graphics and graphic designs.
  • Locate and secure settings, properties, effects, and other production necessities.
  • Control the lights and sound of events, such as live concerts, before and after performances, and during intermissions.
  • Conduct training sessions on selection, use, and design of audio-visual materials and on operation of presentation equipment.
  • Organize and maintain compliance, license, and warranty information related to audio and video facilities.
  • Develop manuals, texts, workbooks, or related materials for use in conjunction with production materials or for training.
  • Perform narration of productions or present announcements.
  • Install, adjust, and operate electronic equipment to record, edit, and transmit radio and television programs, motion pictures, video conferencing, or multimedia presentations.
  • Diagnose and resolve media system problems.
  • Reserve audio-visual equipment and facilities, such as meeting rooms.
  • Analyze and maintain data logs for audio-visual activities.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Assistive amplification systems
  • Audio presentation systems
  • Audioconferencing systems
  • Audiovisual A/V mixers
  • Cassette players
  • Claw hammers
  • Compact disk CD burners or players
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital audio recorders
  • Digital camcorders
  • Digital oscilloscopes
  • Digital video cameras
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Digital voltmeters DVM
  • Integrated speaker systems
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser pointers
  • Light boards
  • Liquid crystal display LCD projection systems
  • Loudspeaker sets
  • Master control switchers
  • Microphone mixers
  • Motion picture projectors
  • Noise meters
  • Overhead display projectors
  • Personal computers
  • Plasma televisions
  • Portable speaker systems
  • Power drills
  • Projection screens
  • Screwdrivers
  • Slide projectors
  • Soldering irons
  • Sound boards
  • Step ladders
  • Television monitors
  • Videoconferencing equipment
  • Videotape duplicating equipment
  • Wired microphones
  • Wireless microphones
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Apple iMovie
  • Cisco IOS
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Corel Ulead DVD Workshop
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Web browser software

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    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980