Another electronic career for someone interested in electronics is a Broadcast and Sound Technician. There are several positions within this description. There are Audio and Video equipment technicians, Sound engineering technicians, and Broadcast technicians. They are involved in the communications/entertainment industry. The median salary is about $41K per year.
What Kind of Work is Performed by this Position?
Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians perform the operation, monitoring and adjusting of equipment used in television, radio, concerts, and all forms of entertainment that involve sound. They set up and break down sound systems for all sorts of events. They are also involved in recording and synchronizing sound for television and movie productions. Many other duties include conversion of video and audio records to digital formats in order to be able to edit them on computers. They are also responsible for maintaining records of the equipment and types of devices that are used.
What Are the Educational Requirements for this Career?
Most techs will have post-secondary education, probably a non-degree award certification or an associate’s degree. The non-degreed programs will take several months to a full year to finish. The type of courses will include a great deal of hands-on practice using all kinds of equipment used in the field. There will also be courses in science and math along with film editing and production management. Excellent computer skills are a must-have for this position as well. Other skills needed are Communication skills, problem-solving skills, and manual dexterity—good use of hands. Because of ever-changing technology, they will be required to continue education and on-the-job training.
What Is the Outlook for this Position?
The prospected growth in this career field is 9% over the next 8 years. Some of the expected growth is projected for schools, radio and television, as well as businesses always looking for better and updated equipment to enhance their video and audio presentations. The techs who work on this sort of equipment are in even higher demand at 14% growth. Maintaining the systems would be a strong bet for a dependable position, but the rate of pay would be a bit lower than the operation techs. Also hospitals, schools and hotels are leaning more toward digital signage, which will increase the need for audio and video technicians. Classrooms are incorporating interactive whiteboards along with video equipment to encourage instructors to use interactive media presentations and to record lectures for online educational purposes. Competition for these positions will be high. This can be a very exciting career choice.
Elaine M. Long
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/broadcast-and-sound-engineering-technicians.htm (visited February 19, 2014