Broadcast Technicians

realistic interests computer software monitor equipment program television program broadcasting equipment technical skills

Board Operator, Broadcast Engineer, Broadcast Technician, Control Operator

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What they do:
Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to acquire, edit, and transmit audio and video for radio or television programs. Control and adjust incoming and outgoing broadcast signals to regulate sound volume, signal strength, and signal clarity. Operate satellite, microwave, or other transmitter equipment to broadcast radio or television programs.
On the job, you would:
  • Report equipment problems, ensure that repairs are made, and make emergency repairs to equipment when necessary and possible.
  • Monitor and log transmitter readings.
  • Maintain programming logs as required by station management and the Federal Communications Commission.


Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development


  • telecommunications
  • multimedia

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


Basic Skills

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it



  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things

Hand and Finger Use

  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Video creation and editing software

  • Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects Hot Technology
  • Apple Final Cut Pro

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Operating system software

  • Linux Hot Technology
  • UNIX Hot Technology


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
some college
usually needed

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