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Working As an Audio Visual Technician

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $44,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Audio Visual Technician Do

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for radio programs, television broadcasts, concerts, sound recordings, and movies.

Duties

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Operate, monitor, and adjust audio, video, lighting, and broadcast equipment to ensure consistent quality
  • Set up and take down equipment for events and live performances
  • Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording equipment or computers, sometimes using complex software
  • Synchronize sounds and dialogue with action taking place on television or in movie productions
  • Convert video and audio records to digital formats for editing on computers
  • Install audio, video, and lighting equipment in hotels, offices, and schools
  • Report any problems that arise with complex equipment and make routine repairs
  • Keep records of recordings and equipment used

These workers may be called broadcast or sound engineering technicians, operators, or engineers. At smaller radio and television stations, broadcast and sound technicians may do many jobs. At larger stations, they are likely to do more specialized work, although their job assignments may vary from day to day. They set up and operate audio and video equipment, and the kind of equipment they use may depend on the particular type of technician or industry.

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians share many of the same responsibilities, but their duties may vary with their specific area of focus.

Audio and video equipment technicians set up and operate audio and video equipment. They also connect wires and cables and set up and operate sound and mixing boards and related electronic equipment.

Audio and video equipment technicians work with microphones, speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, and recording equipment. The equipment they operate is used for meetings, concerts, sports events, conventions, and news conferences. In addition, they may operate equipment at conferences and at presentations for businesses and universities.

Audio and video equipment technicians may also set up and operate custom lighting systems. They frequently work directly with clients and must provide solutions to problems in a simple, clear manner.

Broadcast technicians set up, operate, and maintain equipment that regulates the signal strength, clarity, and ranges of sounds and colors for radio or television broadcasts. They operate transmitters to broadcast radio or television programs and use computer programs to edit audio and video recordings.

Sound engineering technicians operate computers and equipment that record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in recording studios, sporting arenas, theater productions, or movie and video productions. They record audio performances or events and may combine tracks that were recorded separately to create a multilayered final product. Sound engineering technicians operate transmitters to broadcast radio or television programs and use computers to program the equipment and edit audio recordings.

The following are examples of types of broadcast and sound engineering technicians:

Recording engineers operate and maintain video- and sound-recording equipment. These engineers work with computers, computer networks, and software to produce special effects for radio, television, or movies.

Sound mixers, or rerecording mixers, produce soundtracks for movies or television programs. They rerecord songs or compositions that already have been commercially released. After filming or recording is complete, these workers often dub the final product by adding or removing sounds.

Field technicians set up and operate portable equipment outside the studio—for example, for television news coverage. Because this coverage requires so much electronic equipment and the technology is changing so rapidly, many technicians are assigned exclusively to news coverage teams.

Chief engineers, transmission engineers, and broadcast field supervisors oversee other technicians and maintain broadcasting equipment.

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How To Become An Audio Visual Technician

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians typically need postsecondary education. Depending on the work they do, it could either be a postsecondary nondegree award or an associate’s degree.  

Education

Audio and video equipment technicians, as well as sound engineering technicians, typically need a postsecondary nondegree award or certificate, whereas broadcast technicians typically need an associate’s degree. However, in some cases workers in any of these occupations may need only a high school diploma to be eligible for entry-level positions.

Postsecondary nondegree programs for audio and video equipment technicians and sound engineering technicians may take several months to a year to complete. The programs include hands-on experience with the equipment used in many entry-level positions.

Broadcast technicians typically need an associate’s degree. In addition to courses in math and science, coursework for prospective broadcast technicians should emphasize practical skills such as video editing and production management.

Prospective broadcast and sound engineering technicians should complete high school courses in math, physics, and electronics. They must have excellent computer skills to be successful.

Training

Because technology is constantly improving, technicians often enroll in continuing education courses and they receive on-the-job training to become skilled in new equipment and hardware. On-the-job training includes topics such as setting up cables or automation systems, testing electrical equipment, learning the codes and standards of the industry, and following safety procedures.

Training for new hires can be accomplished in a variety of ways, depending on the types of products and services the employer provides. Although some apprenticeship programs do exist, more frequently a new technician will accompany a more experienced technician to get the training and skills necessary for advancement.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required by most employers, earning voluntary certification will offer advantages in getting a job as a broadcast or sound engineering technician. Certification tells employers that the technician meets certain industry standards and has kept up to date with new technologies.

For example, the Society of Broadcast Engineers offers eight broadcast engineering certifications, two operator certifications, and two broadcast networking certifications. All of them require passing an exam. Similarly, InfoComm International offers an audiovisual Certified Technology Specialist credential.

Other Experience

Practical experience working in a high school or college audiovisual department also can help prepare someone to be an audio and video equipment technician.

Advancement

Although many broadcast and sound engineering technicians work first in small markets or at small stations in big markets, after they gain the necessary experience and skills they often transfer to larger, better paying radio or television stations. Few large stations hire someone without previous experience, and they value more specialized skills.

Experienced workers with strong technical skills can become supervisory technicians or chief engineers. To become chief engineer at large television stations, technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in engineering or computer science.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Technicians need to communicate with supervisors and coworkers to ensure that clients’ needs are met and that equipment is set up properly before broadcasts, live performances, and presentations.

Computer skills. Technicians use computer systems to program equipment and edit audio and video recordings.

Manual dexterity. Some technicians set up audio and visual equipment and cables, a job that requires a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination. Others adjust small knobs, dials, and sliders during radio and television broadcasts and live performances.

Problem-solving skills. Technicians need to recognize equipment problems and propose possible solutions to them. Employers typically desire applicants with a variety of skills, such as setting up equipment, maintaining the equipment, and troubleshooting and solving any problems that arise.

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Audio Visual Technician Career Paths

Audio Visual Technician
Technician Team Leader Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Project Manager
Product Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Audio Engineer Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Audio Engineer Engineer Project Manager
Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Audio Engineer Engineer Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Computer Technician Field Service Technician Owner
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Consultant Account Manager
Sales Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Consultant Production Manager
Production Director
5 Yearsyrs
Camera Operator Editor Owner
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Camera Operator Editor Founder
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Camera Operator Editor Production Manager
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Project Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Network Administrator Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Coordinator Logistics Coordinator Traffic Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Sound Engineer Lead Audio Visual Technician Audio-Visual Director
Director Of Audio Visual Services
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Audio Engineer 3.6 years
Media Technician 3.1 years
Stage Technician 2.9 years
Audio Technician 2.9 years
Video Technician 2.7 years
Audio Operator 2.5 years
AV Technician 2.5 years
Audio Installer 2.4 years
Event Technician 2.2 years
Audio-Visual Aide 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Audio Visual Technician
Internship 12.7%
Technician 7.2%
Cashier 6.7%
Manager 3.8%
Assistant 3.4%
Supervisor 3.1%
Server 2.9%
Top Careers After Audio Visual Technician
Technician 7.8%
Internship 7.2%
Cashier 4.7%
Supervisor 3.8%
Owner 3.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$44,000
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$25,000
Min 10%
$44,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
$75,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Northrop Grumman
Highest Paying City
New Brunswick, NJ
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does an Audio Visual Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Audio Visual Technician in the United States is $44,332 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $75,000.

Real Audio Visual Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Signals Audio/Video Inc. El Segundo, CA Aug 25, 2014 $66,206
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Black Watch Productions Inc. Hoboken, NJ Jan 03, 2014 $60,029
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Preco, Inc. Burbank, CA Oct 23, 2013 $60,000
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Preco, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ Sep 18, 2012 $60,000
Audio Video Equipment Technician Shining Star Community Church Falls Church, VA Jul 10, 2016 $58,448
Audio and Video Technician Ny Korean Pentecostal Holiness Church NY Apr 14, 2011 $55,744
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Ny Korean Pentecostal Holiness Church NY Oct 10, 2012 $55,744
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP New York, NY Apr 16, 2008 $55,000
Audio Visual Technician David C Yang DBA Laservision World Los Angeles, CA Nov 20, 2015 $53,914
Audio & Video Equipment Technicians Southern California Sleep Disorders Specialists Anaheim, CA Jun 30, 2010 $51,979
Audio/Video Technician Signals Audio/Video Inc. El Segundo, CA Jun 23, 2011 $49,275
Audio Visual Technician Academy Records Inc. New York, NY Mar 13, 2012 $46,883
Audio & Video Equipment Technician Zion International Church, Inc. Duluth, GA May 04, 2015 $45,136
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Zion International Church, Inc. Duluth, GA Oct 30, 2013 $45,136
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Full Gospel First Church of Washington Alexandria, VA Nov 30, 2009 $43,930
Visual Technician Pixelpool Inc. Portland, OR Sep 30, 2015 $43,597
Audio Visual Technician Swank Audio Visuals LLC East Palo Alto, CA Jan 01, 2010 $42,700
Audio and Video Equipment Technician GPA USA, Inc. Torrance, CA Jan 25, 2010 $41,886
Audio and Video Equipment Technician Damon Productions Carson, CA Jan 21, 2010 $41,886
Audio and Video Equipment Technician Technomedia Solutions, LLC Orlando, FL Mar 05, 2011 $41,740
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Global Life Enrichment Center Santa Ana, CA Sep 01, 2011 $40,789
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Canal Music Audio, Inc. New York, NY Dec 19, 2012 $39,799
Audio-Video Technician Ny Korean Pentecostal Holiness Church NY Nov 18, 2009 $39,799
Audio and Video Equipment Technician Xedit Corporation Queensbury, NY Aug 13, 2008 $39,653
Audio and Video Equipment Technician Inter Technologies Corporation Springfield, VA Oct 01, 2011 $39,100
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Inter Technologies Corporation Hampton, VA Oct 01, 2011 $39,100

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Top Skills for An Audio Visual Technician

  1. Video Projectors
  2. Set-Up
  3. Wireless Microphones
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Replaced obsolete Panasonic video projectors with new high definition models.
  • Provide audio/visual set-up and consultation for City Council meetings and various departments.
  • Set up and operation of all audio systems - wireless microphones, mixers, large sound boards, speakers and amplifiers.
  • Provided set-up and troubleshooting for, along with can-do customer service during large-scale events such as annual meetings and continuing education seminars
  • Solo contract position with advanced Re-engineering on all audio equipment while implementing an automated ambient video system.

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Top 10 Best States for Audio Visual Technicians

  1. New Jersey
  2. Nevada
  3. Iowa
  4. Connecticut
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. Kansas
  7. Alaska
  8. West Virginia
  9. Maine
  10. Rhode Island
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Audio Visual Technician Resume Examples And Tips

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Audio Visual Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

77.5%

Female

13.0%

Unknown

9.5%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.8%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.1%

French

9.3%

Japanese

4.2%

German

3.5%

Chinese

3.2%

Mandarin

2.6%

Russian

2.3%

Italian

2.3%

Portuguese

1.9%

Hindi

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Swedish

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Cantonese

1.0%

Swahili

0.6%

Hmong

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Kutchi

0.6%

Ukrainian

0.6%

Vietnamese

0.6%
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Audio Visual Technician Education

Schools

Full Sail University

24.2%

University of Phoenix

8.2%

Columbia College Chicago

6.3%

New England Institute of Art

4.8%

Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences

4.7%

University of North Texas

4.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.7%

Institute of Audio Research

4.4%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.7%

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

3.4%

Grand Valley State University

3.4%

Valencia College

3.4%

San Francisco State University

3.3%

SAE Institute

3.1%

New York University

3.0%

Temple University

2.9%

Art Institute of Atlanta

2.7%

Appalachian State University

2.7%

Delgado Community College

2.6%
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Majors

Photography

11.5%

Communication

11.4%

Business

10.5%

Electrical Engineering

7.5%

Music

7.0%

Computer Science

5.5%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

4.8%

Engineering

4.8%

Graphic Design

4.0%

Information Technology

3.6%

Digital Media

3.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.4%

Computer Networking

3.3%

Entertainment Business

3.2%

Fine Arts

3.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Psychology

2.8%

Criminal Justice

2.7%

Journalism

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.7%

Other

25.9%

Associate

15.7%

Masters

6.4%

Certificate

4.9%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.1%
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