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Audiovisual and Broadcast Technicians

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

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Work Environment

Audiovisual and broadcast technicians work in studios or outdoors on location. They sometimes work from aircraft or ships. They travel and work in all climates.

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Audiovisual and broadcast technicians plan, supervise, and coordinate the operation, maintenance, deployment, and management of systems, facilities, and personnel engaged in visual information operations. They play a high-level, but hands on, role in the production process.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for audiovisual and broadcast technicians consists of classroom and on-the-job training in various settings. Training content relates to the production environment, and may include:

  • Motion picture and still photography equipment operation
  • Audio recording and the use of sound equipment
  • Scripting and special effects techniques
  • Graphics layout and design
  • Photojournalism and newswriting

Helpful Attributes

  • Experience in school plays or making home movies
  • Interest in creative and artistic work
  • Preference for working as part of a team

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  • Media Programming Directors
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  • Audiovisual Equipment Installers and Repairers
  • Photographers