Audio Visual Production Job Facts

Explore the career requirements for audio visual production jobs. Get the facts about education requirements, salary, and potential job growth to determine if this is the right career for you. Schools offering Digital Media Production degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What is an Audiovisual Production Worker?

Audiovisual production jobs encompass setting up systems for concerts, sports games and other events while also repairing audiovisual equipment. You will be expected to be able to think and react quickly to any problems that may arise during an event so that it may be handled quickly. Most audiovisual production jobs take place indoors and necessitate close contact with clients. They will expect you to be able to effectively translate their ideas making listening and communication essential skills in this position.

Reference the table below for some career facts about audiovisual production jobs.

Degree Required Associate degree or certificate
Education Field of Study Audiovisual systems
Key Responsibilities Operate and maintain equipment; ensure audio and video equipment works properly during presentations, performances and recordings
Job Growth (2014-2024) 7% (for broadcast and sound engineering technicians*
Median Salary (2015) $41,440 (for audio and video equipment technicians)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Duties Will I Have in Audio Visual Production Jobs?

As an audio video production worker, you will provide support with production elements involving sound, light or video images during concerts, meetings, presentations, news broadcasts, sporting events and other media events. Your main duty is to ensure that the audio and video systems used for an event operate smoothly, without any problems. You may work with only audio or visual equipment, but most jobs involve working with both types.

You will set up, maintain and repair equipment such as microphones, projectors, recording devices and monitors. You may wire new systems, operate equipment and troubleshoot problems. Other job duties may include switching video input, mixing sound inputs, compressing video data, cleaning equipment and creating layouts for equipment set up.

What Type of Education Do I Need?

You will need some type of formal training, even though you may receive on-the-job training. The most common type of training is a certificate or associate program in audiovisual systems. Programs are also available in related areas such as digital video production or mass communications.

Training programs should include instruction on the equipment, tools and systems used in the field. A program should also teach you about safety, assembly, troubleshooting and equipment use.

Where Can I Find Jobs in This Field?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), audio and video equipment technicians held about 62,460 jobs as of May 2015 (www.bls.gov). These jobs were found in broadcasting, motion pictures, sound recording, radio stations, television stations, schools, businesses and other industries where audio and visual equipment was used. The projected job growth for this career between 2014 and 2024 is 12%.

What Salary Can I Expect?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) median salaries for audio and video equipment technicians, as of May 2015, ranged from $22,770, earned by the lowest ten percent, to $77,440, made by the top 90% (www.bls.gov). The median annual wage for these workers in that same year was $41,440.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

One similar career option includes film and video editors and camera operators where you will be expected to film anything from music videos to t.v. shows, choose appropriate equipment, work closely with directors and edit and organize footage. The median annual wage in 2015 was $55,740 for these positions. Another possible field related to audiovisual production would be multimedia art and animation. In this field, you will be able to meet with clients, work with other animators or artists, create models of ideas and make edits based on suggestions from others. In 2015, multimedia artists and animators made a median salary of $63,970 annually. Both career areas will likely require a bachelor's degree.

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