Broadcast Technicians

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.

Median Annual Wage: $36,560

Education: Post-secondary certificate (31%); Some college, no degree (26%); High school diploma or equivalent (22%)

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

Related Job Titles: Engineer; Broadcast Engineer; Production Assistant; Master Control Operator (MCO); Broadcast Technician; Broadcast Maintenance Engineer; Broadcast Operations Engineer; Board Operator; Master Control Supervisor; Audio Engineer

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Broadcast Technicians.

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  • Observe monitors and converse with station personnel to determine audio and video levels and to ascertain that programs are airing.
  • Monitor and log transmitter readings.
  • Report equipment problems, ensure that repairs are made, and make emergency repairs to equipment when necessary and possible.
  • Play and record broadcast programs using automation systems.
  • Control audio equipment to regulate the volume and sound quality during radio and television broadcasts.
  • Align antennae with receiving dishes to obtain the clearest signal for transmission of broadcasts from field locations.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Broadcast Technicians.

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Broadcast Technicians.

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