Also known as Audio Technician, Audio Visual Specialist (AV Specialist), Audio Visual Technician (AV Technician), Media Technician, Operations Technician, Stagehand, Video Technician
Also known as Audio Technician, Audio Visual Specialist (AV Specialist), Audio Visual Technician (AV Technician)
Media Technicians set up, maintain, and dismantle audio and video equipment, such as microphones, sound speakers, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, video cameras, video monitors and servers, and related electronic equipment for live or recorded events, such as concerts, meetings, conventions, presentations, podcasts, news conferences, and sporting events.
Media Technicians are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Media Technicians. More generally, Media Technicians are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Media Technician is $47,920, and the average salary is $53,390. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Media Technician salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Media Technicians earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Media Technicians earn less than $27,840 per year, 25% earn less than $35,570, 75% earn less than $64,940, and 90% earn less than $87,050.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Media Technicians is expected to change by 26.3%, and there should be roughly 10,200 open positions for Media Technicians every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Media Technician are usually higher in their Realistic, Investigative, and Conventional interests.
Media Technicians typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Media Technicians typically have strong Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Lastly, Media Technicians typically have moderate Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Media Technician tend to value Independence, Support, and Relationships.
Most importantly, Media Technicians moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Second, Media Technicians moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Lastly, Media Technicians moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Media Technicians must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, adaptability/flexibility, and dependability.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Media Technicians, ranked by importance:
Media Technicians often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Media Technicians usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Media Technicians may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as computers and electronics, communications and media, or telecommunications knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Media Technicians might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Media Technicians must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Media Technicians need abilities such as near vision, oral expression, and information ordering in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Media Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Media Technicians frequently use skills like monitoring, critical thinking, and reading comprehension to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Media Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
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