Broadcast Technicians
SOC: 27-4012.00

Description:

Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Control audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operate transmitter to broadcast radio or television programs.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
30,100 employed

Projected (2024):
28,200 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:

  • Access Coordinator
  • Assistant Engineer
  • Audio Engineer
  • Audio Operator
  • Audio Technician
  • Audio/Video Technician
  • Board Operator
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Broadcast Field Supervisor
  • Broadcast Maintenance Engineer
  • Broadcast Maintenance Technician
  • Broadcast Operations Engineer
  • Broadcast Operations Technician
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Cable Television Access Coordinator
  • Chyron Operator
  • Color Technician
  • Computer Engineer
  • Control Engineer
  • Control Operator
  • Control Room Operator
  • Control Room Technician
  • Control Supervisor
  • Custom Studio Coordinator
  • Electronics Technician
  • Engineer
  • Engineering and Operations Director
  • Engineering Director
  • Engineering Operator
  • Engineering Technician
  • Facsimile Operator
  • Field Engineer
  • Field Technician
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Master Control Engineer
  • Master Control Operator (MCO)
  • Master Control Supervisor
  • Microphone Operator
  • Mixer Operator
  • Newcast Director
  • News Gathering Technician
  • Operating Engineer
  • Operations Manager
  • Operations Technician
  • Operator Technician
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Editor
  • Production Manager
  • Program Clerk
  • Program Scheduler
  • Projection Engineer
  • Radio Board Operator
  • Radio Engineer
  • Radio Station Audio Engineer
  • Radio Station Engineer
  • Radio Technician
  • Radio/TV Technician (Radio/Television Technician)
  • Records and Tape Recordings Engineer
  • Reliability Technicians
  • Remote Broadcast Engineer
  • Remote Broadcast Technician
  • Signal Engineer
  • Sound Controller
  • Sound Effects Manager
  • Sound Effects Technician
  • Sound Mixer
  • Sound Person
  • Sound Technician
  • Special Effects Technician
  • Staff Engineer
  • Station Engineer
  • Studio Control Operator
  • Studio Coordinator
  • Studio Engineer
  • Studio Operation Engineer
  • Studio Technician
  • Technical Director
  • Technical Operator
  • Technical Testing Engineer
  • Telecasting Engineer
  • Telecasting Technician
  • Telecine Operator
  • Television Audio Engineer
  • Television Engineer
  • Television Operator
  • Television Technician
  • Transmission Engineer
  • Transmission Operator
  • Transmitter Engineer
  • Transmitter Operator
  • Transmitter Supervisor
  • Video Control Engineer
  • Video Operator
  • Videographer
  • Videotape Operator
  • Wire Photo Operator


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    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.

    Education:

    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
  • Science
  • 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
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Maintain programming logs as required by station management and the Federal Communications Commission.
  • Control audio equipment to regulate the volume and sound quality during radio and television broadcasts.
  • Monitor strength, clarity, and reliability of incoming and outgoing signals and adjust equipment as necessary to maintain quality broadcasts.
  • Regulate the fidelity, brightness, and contrast of video transmissions, using video console control panels.
  • Observe monitors and converse with station personnel to determine audio and video levels and to ascertain that programs are airing.
  • Preview scheduled programs to ensure that signals are functioning and programs are ready for transmission.
  • Select sources from which programming will be received or through which programming will be transmitted.
  • Report equipment problems, ensure that repairs are made, and make emergency repairs to equipment when necessary and possible.
  • Record sound onto tape or film for radio or television, checking its quality and making adjustments where necessary.
  • Align antennae with receiving dishes to obtain the clearest signal for transmission of broadcasts from field locations.
  • Substitute programs in cases where signals fail.
  • Organize recording sessions and prepare areas, such as radio booths and television stations, for recording.
  • Instruct trainees in how to use television production equipment, how to film events, and how to copy and edit graphics or sound onto videotape.
  • Schedule programming or read television programming logs to determine which programs are to be recorded or aired.
  • Edit broadcast material electronically, using computers.
  • Give technical directions to other personnel during filming.
  • Set up and operate portable field transmission equipment outside the studio.
  • Determine the number, type, and approximate location of microphones needed for best sound recording or transmission quality and position them appropriately.
  • Design and modify equipment to employer specifications.
  • Prepare reports outlining past and future programs, including content.
  • Discuss production requirements with clients.
  • Produce educational and training films and videotapes by performing activities, such as selecting equipment and preparing scripts.
  • Monitor and log transmitter readings.
  • Play and record broadcast programs using automation systems.
  • Set up, operate, and maintain broadcast station computers and networks.
  • Install broadcast equipment, troubleshoot equipment problems, and perform maintenance or minor repairs, using hand tools.
  • Make commercial dubs.
  • Develop employee work schedules.
  • Produce graphics for broadcasts.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Audio mixer consoles
  • Audio patch bays
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital audio recorders
  • Digital video cameras
  • Digital video disk DVD recorders
  • Disk storage systems
  • Frame synchronizers
  • Integrated receiver decoders IRD
  • Laptop computers
  • Master control switchers
  • Modulators
  • Network routers
  • Non-linear editing systems
  • Personal computers
  • Robotic studio cameras
  • Satellite receivers
  • Satellite vans
  • Signal transmitters
  • Sound effect generators
  • Spectrum analyzers
  • Studio lighting
  • Vector scopes
  • Video consoles
  • Video editing equipment
  • Video patch bays
  • Video servers
  • Video teleconferencing systems
  • Videotape machines
  • Vision mixers
  • Waveform monitors
  • Wired microphones
  • Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Premiere Pro software
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Avid Technology software
  • Character generator software
  • Cisco IOS
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • UNIX
  • Video decoder software
  • Video encoder software
  • Word processing software


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    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980