Schools with their own stations often have extensive technical programs that allow students to manage every part of the station at all hours of the day. This sort of experience is important for students looking to break into the industry and is often looked upon favorably by potential employers.
Schools with Radio Technician Programs
Some radio technician programs in the United States are offered at the institutions listed here.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered*||Undergraduate Tuition** (2015-2016)|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $2,834; Out-of-state $9,661|
|Tarrant County College District||Fort Worth, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $1,320; In-state $2,064; Out-of-state $4,920|
|Austin Community College District||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $2,550; In-state $9,210; Out-of-state $11,340|
|University of Georgia||Athens, GA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state $11,622; Out-of-state $29,832|
|Oakland Community College||Bloomfield Hills, MI||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-district $2,745; In-state $5,235; Out-of-state $7,305|
|San Jacinto Community College||Pasadena, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-district $1,408; In-state $2,416; Out-of-state $3,688|
Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
When looking for radio technician schools there are several important factors to consider.
- Students should look into the school's facilities to make sure that students have access to industry-standard radio equipment and state-of-the-art computer systems.
- Students may want to find out if the is an on-campus student-run radio station where they can get real-world experience as they study.
- It can be helpful to find out if the school has relationships with media organizations, which may lead to internships or networking opportunities.
- When looking at certificate or associate's degree programs, students may want to find out if the credits are applicable to higher-level programs in the future.
Associate's Degree Programs
Associate's degree programs in radio, sound technology and broadcasting provide a basic introduction to the media field and the technical aspects of radio production. Students also fulfill general education requirements. In some programs, students may be able to choose a concentration in a specialization area of interest, such as sound production, music production or audio engineering technology. Associate's degree programs take two years of full-time study to complete.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Another degree option for aspiring radio technicians is a bachelor's degree program in digital and broadcast journalism. These programs provide more wide-ranging training in media production and distribution, as well as the more technical aspects of telecommunications. They may also include internships in the field.
Undergraduate Certificate Programs
At some schools, undergraduate certificate programs in fields related to radio consist of the same radio-related coursework as associate's degree programs, but without the general education requirements. These programs typically take one year or less to complete. Alternatively, there are some schools that allow undergraduates to earn a radio broadcasting certificate in conjunction with a bachelor's degree in a different subject.
Aspiring radio technicians can enroll in relevant educational programs at public and private colleges around the country. When choosing between schools, it can be helpful to consider the school's facilities and hands-on training offerings.