BROADCAST TECHNICIANS install, test, set up, and operate electronic equipment used to record and transmit radio and television programs, cable programs, and motion pictures. They work with television cameras, microphones, audio and video tape recorders, editing systems, light and sound effects, transmitters, antennas, and other equipment that regulates signal strength, clarity, and sounds in the material being recorded or broadcast. Some broadcast technicians develop movie soundtracks in motion picture production studios, control the sound of live events, such as concerts, or record music in a recording studio.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $46,500 average per year ($22.25 per hour)
- A medium occupation (30,500 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow slowly (0.2% per year)
Most employers prefer to hire BROADCAST TECHNICIANS for jobs in radio or television who have technical school, 2-year college, or 4-year college training in broadcast technology, engineering, or electronics. This is particularly true for those who hope to advance to supervisory positions or jobs at large stations or the networks. Many employers pay tuition and expenses for courses or seminars to help technicians keep up with changing technology. Prospective technicians should take high school courses in mathematics, physics, and electronics.