In the Air Force:
Broadcast Journalist; Broadcast Journalist Craftsman; Photojournalist; Photojournalist Craftsman; RF Transmission Systems; RF Transmission Systems Helper; Signals Intelligence Analyst; Signals Intelligence Analyst Apprentice, Electronic; Signals Intelligence Analyst Craftsman, Electronic; Signals Intelligence Analyst Helper, Electronic
In the Army:
Combat Documentation/Production Specialist; Intelligence Analyst; Unit Supply Specialist; Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer
In the Coast Guard:
Information System Technician; Intelligence Specialist; Public Affairs Specialist
In the Marine Corps:
Combat Videographer; Communication Strategy and Operations Chief; Satellite Transmissions System Operator; Transmissions Chief; Transmissions System Operator
In the Navy:
CWO - Information Systems Technician; Cryptologic Technician Maintenance; Information Systems Technician; Information Systems Technician Submarines; LDO - Communications, Submarine; LDO - Information Professional; Mass Communications Specialist; RL - Special Duty Officer Billet - Information Professional Officer
While the stars of popular media may get a lot of the recognition, their appearances are made possible —and optimized— by the work of broadcast and sound engineering technicians. They operate the electrical equipment for radio programs, television broadcasts, concerts, sound recordings, and movies. Audio and video equipment technicians handle equipment such as video screens, video monitors, microphones, and mixing boards. They record meetings, sports events, concerts, and conferences. Broadcast technicians set up and operate equipment that regulates the clarity, signal strength, sound, and color of the broadcasts. They use software to edit audio and video recordings. Sound engineering technicians run equipment that records and mixes music, voices, and sound effects. They work in recording studios, performance venues, and film and stage productions. Audio and video technicians typically work in studios, although some work on location for events or to broadcast news. They also set up systems in schools, hospitals, homes… or other locations. Technicians generally work full time, but schedules may include additional hours for live events or to keep up with production schedules. Radio and TV stations are typically on the air 24/7, so technicians’ hours may run around the clock. Broadcast technicians generally need an associate’s degree, while audio and video equipment technicians, and sound engineering technicians typically need a certificate or related training.
What they do:
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.
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
Arts and Humanities
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
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
You might use software like this on the job:
Video creation and editing software
Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects
Video decoder software
Operating system software
Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
associate's degree or some college usually needed
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