What do they do?

Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to acquire, edit, and transmit audio and video for radio or television programs. Control and adjust incoming and outgoing broadcast signals to regulate sound volume, signal strength, and signal clarity. Operate satellite, microwave, or other transmitter equipment to broadcast radio or television programs.

Also known as:

Audio Engineer, Board Operator, Broadcast Engineer, Broadcast Maintenance Engineer, Broadcast Operations Engineer, Broadcast Operations Technician, Broadcast Technician, Control Operator, Engineering Operator, Engineering Technician, Operating Engineer, Operations Technician, Production Engineer, Radio Engineer, Radio Technician, Remote Broadcast Engineer, Studio Engineer, TV Technician, Videotape Operator

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Broadcast Technicians is projected to grow 15 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in CA

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  • 15.1%

    Change

    Ranks #6 in job growth rate
    650

    Job Openings

    Ranks #1 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (1%)
  • Master's degree  (6%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (38%)
  • Associate's degree  (14%)
  • Some college, no degree  (24%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (14%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (2%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Maintain recording or broadcasting equipment.
  • Notify others of equipment problems.
  • Maintain logs of production activities.
  • Monitor broadcasting operations to ensure proper functioning.
  • Operate communications, transmissions, or broadcasting equipment.
  • Operate audio recording equipment.
  • Edit audio or video recordings.
  • Coordinate activities of production personnel.
  • Operate control consoles for sound, lighting or video.
  • Train others on work processes.
  • Determine technical requirements of productions or projects.
  • Direct productions or performances.
  • Create computer-generated graphics or animation.
  • Confer with clients to determine needs.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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