What does a broadcast technician do?
Broadcast technicians help transmit broadcast through a variety of media such as television, radio, and the Internet. They set up, manage, and configure the required equipment that controls the strength and clarity of signals and color and sound ranges. They also operate control panels to choose the material source. They also switch the signals to different cameras and different types of programming. Broadcast technicians often monitor and keep detailed logs of outgoing signals and they control transmitters. With the emergence of digital technology, most broadcast technicians work with computers and software in additional to traditional equipment.
What kind of training does a broadcast technician need?
Broadcast technicians must have some type of formal training such as an associate degree in broadcast technology, computer networking, electronics, or other related field. Some broadcast technicians have a bachelor degree to remain competitive in the field. Prospective broadcast technicians typically complete courses in electronics, telecommunications, broadcasting technology, computers, engineering, and physics of forms of broadcasting. Many broadcast technicians begin their careers with small companies and move on to positions with larger broadcasting stations as the gain the necessary skills and experience. Many broadcast technicians gain voluntary certification from the Society of Broadcast Engineers. Certification requirements include minimum experience and passing an examination. Broadcast technicians must keep their skills up to date and stay abreast with emerging technologies. They often complete continuing education and additional training throughout their careers.
What are the prospects for a career as a broadcast technician?
Employment of broadcast technicians is expected to experience little or no change, increasing 2% from 2008 to 2018 (1).
Job prospects are expected to be fair with strong competition. Broadcast technicians with advanced training and extensive experience will have the best job opportunities. Job prospects are expected to be more favorable in small cities and towns.
How much do broadcast technicians make?
As of January 2010, the middle 50% of broadcast technicians earn annual salaries between $31,326 and $52,211. The top 10% earn annual salaries of more than $61,718 2).
A career as a broadcast technician is an excellent choice for people with a strong interest in setting up and managing the necessary broadcasting equipment to present a variety of broadcasts. Broadcast technicians must have a solid understanding of broadcasting technology and how to use many different types of media. Electrical aptitude, manual dexterity, patience, detail orientation, and good problem solving skills are necessary characteristics. Broadcast technicians must have good communication and interpersonal skills because they interact with a variety of other professionals. They must also be able to work under stress and pressure to meet strict deadlines.