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Broadcast Technicians

Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Control audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operate transmitter to broadcast radio or television programs.   (O'Net 27-4012.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Access Coordinator, Assistant Engineer, Audio Engineer, Audio Operator, Audio Technician, Audio/Video Technician, Board Operator, Broadcast Engineer, Broadcast Field Supervisor, Broadcast Maintenance Engineer, Broadcast Maintenance Technician, Broadcast Operations Engineer, Broadcast Operations Technician, Broadcast Technician, Cable Television Access Coordinator, Chyron Operator, Color Technician, Computer Engineer, Control Engineer, Control Operator, Control Room Operator, Control Room Technician, Control Supervisor, Custom Studio Coordinator, Electronics Technician, Engineer, Engineering and Operations Director, Engineering Director, Engineering Operator, Engineering Technician, Facsimile Operator, Field Engineer, Field Technician, Maintenance Engineer, Master Control Engineer, Master Control Operator (MCO), Master Control Supervisor, Microphone Operator, Mixer Operator, Newcast Director, News Gathering Technician, Operating Engineer, Operations Manager, Operations Technician, Operator Technician, Production Assistant, Production Editor, Production Manager, Program Clerk, Program Scheduler, Projection Engineer, Radio Board Operator, Radio Engineer, Radio Station Audio Engineer, Radio Station Engineer, Radio Technician, Radio/TV Technician (Radio/Television Technician), Records and Tape Recordings Engineer, Reliability Technicians, Remote Broadcast Engineer, Remote Broadcast Technician, Signal Engineer, Sound Controller, Sound Effects Manager, Sound Effects Technician, Sound Mixer, Sound Person, Sound Technician, Special Effects Technician, Staff Engineer, Station Engineer, Studio Control Operator, Studio Coordinator, Studio Engineer, Studio Operation Engineer, Studio Technician, Technical Director, Technical Operator, Technical Testing Engineer, Telecasting Engineer, Telecasting Technician, Telecine Operator, Television Audio Engineer, Television Engineer, Television Operator, Television Technician, Transmission Engineer, Transmission Operator, Transmitter Engineer, Transmitter Operator, Transmitter Supervisor, Video Control Engineer, Video Operator, Videographer, Videotape Operator, Wire Photo Operator
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 12.76   $ 15.90   $ 17.50   $ 19.17   $ 26.94   $ 18.21  
    Yearly $26,530   $33,070   $36,400   $39,860   $56,030   $37,880  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 11.93   $ 15.80   $ 17.58   $ 19.38   $ 27.93   $ 18.41  
    Yearly $24,820   $32,870   $36,560   $40,300   $58,090   $38,300  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 58 54 -0.7% 1
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Broadcasting (except Internet) 69.4%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 9.0%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 6.9%
    Motion picture, video, and sound recording industries 3.9%
    Telecommunications 2.4%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Broadcast Technicians
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  • Monitor strength, clarity, and reliability of incoming and outgoing signals, and adjust equipment as necessary to maintain quality broadcasts.
     
  • Observe monitors and converse with station personnel to determine audio and video levels and to ascertain that programs are airing.
     
  • Monitor and log transmitter readings.
     
  • Report equipment problems, ensure that repairs are made, and make emergency repairs to equipment when necessary and possible.
     
  • Play and record broadcast programs using automation systems.
     
  • Control audio equipment to regulate the volume and sound quality during radio and television broadcasts.
     
  • Align antennae with receiving dishes to obtain the clearest signal for transmission of broadcasts from field locations.
     
  • Maintain programming logs, as required by station management and the Federal Communications Commission.
     
  • Regulate the fidelity, brightness, and contrast of video transmissions, using video console control panels.
     
  • Select sources from which programming will be received, or through which programming will be transmitted.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Broadcast Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
    for Broadcast Technicians
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  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Broadcast Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Broadcast Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Broadcast Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
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  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment - Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Broadcast Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Broadcast Technicians  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Broadcast Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Broadcast Technicians
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Broadcast Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Broadcast Technicians
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other.
     
    • Communications Technology/Technician.
     
    • Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician.
     
     Search for schools offering these programs at
     
     
     
    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Broadcast Technicians 
     

     
     
     
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