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Audio Visual Technician: Job Description & Career Requirements

Audio visual technicians operate and maintain equipment used to amplify, record and display sound and images at live events. Depending on the responsibilities of the position, employers may require audio visual technicians to hold a high school diploma, GED or associate degree and experience in the field.

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Career Definition of an Audio Visual Technician

Audio visual technicians set up, operate, maintain and repair equipment used to enhance live events, such as microphones, video recorders, projectors, lighting and sound mixing equipment. They record meetings and presentations with video cameras, operate spotlights, adjust amplifiers, coordinate graphics used in displays and provide technical support for teleconferences, webinars and distance-learning classes. Technicians may also edit, copy and store videotapes and DVDs, track inventory of equipment and order supplies.

Education High school diploma or GED and/or an associate's degree
Job Skills Ability to transport, set up and fix equipment; knowledge of camera and lighting techniques and editing software
Median Salary (2015)* $41,440 (for audio and video equipment technicians)
Job Growth (2014-2024)* 12% (for audio and video equipment technicians)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

Many employers require technicians to have a high school diploma or GED or an associate degree in audio visual technology or a related field, such as digital media. Some employers may prefer a bachelor's degree in journalism, broadcasting or communications. Credentialing, such as Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certification offered through InfoComm International, may also enhance job opportunities (www.infocomm.org).

Necessary Skills

Audio visual technicians must be able to transport, assemble, maintain and repair equipment used in multimedia production. Knowledge of camera and lighting techniques is essential, and familiarity with editing equipment and software may be required.

Audio visual technicians must be creative and flexible with strong communication skills and the ability to interact with coworkers and clients, often under deadline pressure. In addition to being proficient with computer systems used in multimedia production, employers require word processing skills. Audio visual technicians must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time and have good hearing and eyesight.

Career Outlook and Economic Forecast

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted job growth of 12% for audio and video equipment technicians throughout the 2014-2024 decade. In May 2015, the BLS reported an annual median expected salary of $41,440 for audio and video equipment technicians.

They are employed by large corporations, public relations firms, speakers' bureaus, government agencies and academic institutions throughout the United States. Audio visual technology professionals with advanced technical skills, including the ability to repair equipment and learn new technology, may have the strongest job prospects.

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