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Broadcast and Sound Engineer

Career Overview

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians set up, operate, and maintain a wide variety of electrical and electronic equipment used in almost any
radio or television broadcast, concert, play, musical recording, television show, or movie. Broadcast technicians set up, operate, and maintain equipment that regulates the signal strength, clarity, and the range of sounds and colors of radio or television broadcasts. These technicians also operate control panels to select the source of the material. Technicians may switch from one camera or studio to another, from film to live programming, or from network to local programming. Sound engineering technicians operate machines and equipment to record, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in recording studios, theater productions, or movie and video productions.


The best way to prepare for a broadcast and sound engineering technician job is to obtain technical school, community college, or college training in
broadcast technology, electronics, or computer networking. For broadcast technicians, an associate degree is recommended. Sound engineering
technicians usually complete vocational programs, which takes a year to eighteen months.


Broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators held about 105,000 jobs in 2006.

Job Outlook

Employment is expected to grow faster than average through 2016.


Lowest 10% $17,510

Median Salary $32,900

Highest 10% $66,550

Source U.S. Department of Labor

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