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Technical Directors/Managers

Also called: News Technical Director, Production Director, Production Manager, Technical Director

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What they do:
Coordinate activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, engineering, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.
On the job, you would:
  • Switch between video sources in a studio or on multi-camera remotes, using equipment such as switchers, video slide projectors, and video effects generators.
  • Observe pictures through monitors and direct camera and video staff concerning shading and composition.
  • Supervise and assign duties to workers engaged in technical control and production of radio and television programs.

Knowledge

Communications
  • multimedia
  • telecommunications
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • management

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Dependability
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Video creation and editing software
  • Avid Technology
  • Avid Technology Media Composer
Object or component oriented development software
  • C++ Hot Technology
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl Hot Technology
Music or sound editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Audition
  • Avid Technology Pro Tools

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$71,680
$34,450
$163,540
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