How to Become an Audio/Visual Technician

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Audio/visual technicians can work in multiple industries including film, television, radio, theater, live music performance, video conference, and more. They install and adjust audio and video equipment to ensure proper recording and, in some cases, broadcast to a live audience.  An audio/visual (or AV) equipment technician plays an important role in many forms of media.

An AV technician usually works on the set of various projects. Their responsibilities include diagnosing and resolving sudden media system problems, switching camera input sources, mixing and regulating sound inputs, storing video and audio data, and monitoring visual and sound feeds to ensure overall quality. In short, the AV tech makes sure that the set equipment is running as it should.

Areas that audio/visual technicians should be trained in include computers, electronics, media production, and telecommunications.  These skills are taught and mastered while earning a degree in film, where industry professionals are devoted to preparing students to successfully begin a career.  Entry-level audio/visual technician positions typically require a degree as well as the aforementioned skills.  It’s important to research your options and choose an accredited, respected school (see our list of featured film programs).  As media progresses and becomes even more reliant upon complex technologies, the demand for audio/visual technicians will grow. It is projected that between now and 2018, the industry will see a 7 – 13% growth rate. *

Audio/Visual Technician Salary

Audio visual technicians are responsible for installing, maintaining and operating the equipment used to capture and edit forms of media such as motion pictures, television programs and radio broadcasts.  They work with a variety of tools and technology including mixing consoles, digital camcorders and video cameras, Adobe Systems and video editing software.  On average, audio/visual technicians earn $40,000 annually. *

*According to Onetonline.org

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