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Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians

Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians
Quick Facts : Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$39,870
Entry Level Education
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012116,900
Job Outlook10% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change11,600


Broadcast and sound engineering technicians operate controls to ensure quality audio and video recording for media broadcasts. They set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for industries such as radio, concerts, television.

What Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians Do

  • Synchronize sounds and dialogue with action taking place on television or in movie productions
  • Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording equipment
  • Install audio, video, and occasionally lighting equipment
  • Report and repair equipment problems
  • Keep track of recordings and equipment being used

Work Environment

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians generally work indoors in office buildings and radio, television, or recording studios. However, those who broadcast news and other programs outside the studio may work outdoors in all types of weather. Technicians typically work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of broadcast and sound engineering technicians is expected to have a 10 percent growth from 2010 to 2020 as businesses, schools, and radio and television stations demand new equipment to improve their audio and video capabilities.
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Pay

The average salary for broadcast and sound engineering technicians in May 2010 was $39,870.
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Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians

39870

Arts, Design, Sports & Media Occupations

46336.5217

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians*
Percent Change in Employment

Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians

9.92301

Arts, Design, Sports & Media Occupations

10.973478021530005

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians

Most broadcast and sound engineering technicians have an associate's degree or vocational certification, but many are also hired with only a high school diploma as long as they have the necessary experience and knowledge.
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