Technical Directors/Managers

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

Median Annual Wage: $69,100

Education: Bachelor's degree (38%); Some college, no degree (19%); High school diploma or equivalent (16%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Production Manager; Engineer; Broadcast Engineer; Operations Manager; Master Control Operator (MCO); Production Director; Director; Technical Director; Engineering Production Operations Director; Creative Services Director

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Technical Directors/Managers.

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  • 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.
  • Test equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Schedule use of studio and editing facilities for producers and engineering and maintenance staff.
  • Train workers in use of equipment, such as switchers, cameras, monitors, microphones, and lights.
  • Confer with operations directors to formulate and maintain fair and attainable technical policies for programs.
  • Discuss filter options, lens choices, and the visual effects of objects being filmed with photography directors and video operators.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Technical Directors/Managers.

  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Technical Directors/Managers.

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