By: Peyton Williams
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:
- Problem solving
- Video Editing
- Production management
- Active listening
- Critical thinking
- High school diploma
- Associate's degree in broadcast technology or a related field
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
- Radio, television, movie, or recording studios
- Government agencies
- Sit for long periods of time
- Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls
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