Broadcast Technicians

By: Peyton Williams

Job Description

Broadcast technicians are responsible for many things. Many of these things include:


  • Set up equipment for broadcasts
  • Choose the correct settings and audio for cameras and audio equipment
  • Operate equipment during broadcasts; some record broadcasts
  • Operate transmitters to broadcast radio or television programs
  • Use computer programs to edit audio and video recordings
  • Maintain equipment that regulates the signal strength, clarity, and ranges of sounds and colors for radio or television broadcasts

Basic Skills Required

There are many skills needed to be a good broadcast technician. Some important skills are:


  • Math
  • Problem solving
  • Science
  • Video Editing
  • Production management
  • Computer/Technology
  • Active listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication

Education Requirements

  • High school diploma
  • Associate's degree in broadcast technology or a related field

Work Hours

Most broadcast technicians occasionally work overtime to meet broadcast deadlines or set up for live events. Evening, weekend, and holiday work is common because most stations are on the air 24 hours a day. Broadcast technicians who work for news organizations will often travel to be "on location" with a reporter or crew.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Working Conditions:

  • Radio, television, movie, or recording studios
  • Offices
  • Schools
  • Government agencies
  • Homes


Physical Demands:

  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls

Money

Future Outlook

As of 2012, it is predicted that this field of work will grow 9% by 2022.

Video

Broadcast Technicians Career Overview

Bibliography

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.


"Broadcast Technician Salaries in Dallas, TX | Salary.com." Salary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.


"27-4012 Broadcast Technicians." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.