Specialized media/broadcast technicians
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Overview
Broadcast and sound engineering technicians set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for radio programs, television broadcasts, concerts, sound recordings, and movies.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for audio and video equipment technicians are expected to grow by 13%, and should have about 9,500 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
The likelihood of autmoation for ${title} is near the middle of all careers' likelihoods.
Workforce size
Audio and video equipment technicians, with 83,300 workers, form a larger workforce than 61% of careers.
Education
Only 35% of specialized media/broadcast technicians have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by specialized media/broadcast technicians
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More specialized media/broadcast technicians have bachelor's degrees than 60% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for 57% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for audio and video equipment technicians. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most audio and video equipment technicians.
This job's median $44KAll jobs' median $39K$45K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 7% of specialized media/broadcast technicians -- that's a smaller percentage than 82% of other jobs.
Gender of specialized media/broadcast technicians
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For specialized media/broadcast technicians, the median men's salary was 7% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 18% of specialized media/broadcast technicians are minority, and 11% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of specialized media/broadcast technicians
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (11%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Audio and Video Equipment Technicians per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 49% of specialized media/broadcast technicians, and 52% have company-sponsored health insurance (13% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for specialized media/broadcast technicians
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of audio and video equipment technicians who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (68%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (34%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (32%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (31%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (31%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do specialized media/broadcast technicians earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group specialized media/broadcast technicians, which combines the data for 5 careers, including audio and video equipment technicians. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for audio and video equipment technicians, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for audio and video equipment technicians compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for audio and video equipment technicians (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all specialized media/broadcast technicians, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for specialized media/broadcast technicians compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for specialized media/broadcast technicians (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where audio and video equipment technicians work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Specialized media/broadcast technicians (ACS)
Private for-profit (66.9%)
Private not-for-profit (6.0%)
Local government (2.2%)
State government (2.7%)
Federal government (9.4%)
Self-employed incorporated (4.1%)
Self-employed not incorporated (8.8%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of specialized media/broadcast technicians by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of specialized media/broadcast technicians, which combines the 5 specialties for this career.
$51K$51K$30K$52K$56K$41K$43K$47K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000$120,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of audio and video equipment technicians by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty audio and video equipment technicians, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
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Age and career advancement
Salary growth for specialized media/broadcast technicians

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Specialized media/broadcast technicians and gender

With 7% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 82% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Specialized media/broadcast technicians
Men (93%)
Women (7%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for specialized media/broadcast technicians, with the median salary for men 7% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Specialized media/broadcast technicians have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 80% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of specialized media/broadcast technicians

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. The percentage of minority specialized media/broadcast technicians falls in about the middle of all careers' percentages. There is a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of specialized media/broadcast technicians
White (78% )
Black (10% )
Other (4% )
Asian (4% )
Multiracial (3% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for specialized media/broadcast technicians by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for specialized media/broadcast technicians by nativity
$50K$54K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by audio and video equipment technicians

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), audio and video equipment technicians typically hold a postsecondary nondegree award.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as specialized media/broadcast technicians as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for specialized media/broadcast technicians.

Education attained by specialized media/broadcast technicians
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for audio and video equipment technicians

Audio and video equipment technicians, as well as sound engineering technicians, typically need a postsecondary nondegree award or certificate, whereas broadcast technicians typically need an associate’s degree. However, in some cases, workers in any of these occupations may need only a high school diploma to be eligible for entry-level positions.

Postsecondary nondegree programs for audio and video equipment technicians and sound engineering technicians may take several months to a year to complete. The programs include hands-on experience with the equipment used in many entry-level positions.

Broadcast technicians typically need an associate’s degree. In addition to courses in math and science, coursework for prospective broadcast technicians should emphasize practical skills such as video editing and production management.

Prospective broadcast and sound engineering technicians should complete high school courses in math, physics, and electronics. They must have excellent computer skills to be successful.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for audio and video equipment technicians

Although not required by most employers, earning voluntary certification will offer advantages in getting a job as a broadcast or sound engineering technician. Certification tells employers that the technician meets certain industry standards and has kept up to date with new technologies.

The Society of Broadcast Engineers offers eight broadcast engineering certifications, two operator certifications, and one broadcast networking certification. All of them require passing an exam.

InfoComm International offers the general Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) credential as well as the design CTS and installation CTS. All three credentials require passing an exam and are valid for 3 years.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for specialized media/broadcast technicians? Below we see the distribution of specialized media/broadcast technicians salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as specialized media/broadcast technicians, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$47K$43K$47K$55K$54K$70K$59K$81K$0$50K$100K$150KNone (2%)High School (20%)Some College (29%)Associate's Degree (15%)Bachelor's Degree (30%)Master's Degree (4%)Professional Deg/Doct (0%)Doctorate (0%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by specialized media/broadcast technicians

This table shows the college majors held by people working as specialized media/broadcast technicians. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Specialized media/broadcast technicians with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
9.6%
$0$200K$56K
9.0%
$0$200K$51K
6.7%
$0$200K$51K
5.6%
$0$200K$97K
4.0%
$0$200K$80K
2.7%
$0$200K$47K
2.6%
$0$200K$57K
2.2%
$0$200K$63K
2.1%
$0$200K$53K
2.0%
$0$200K$55K
1.7%
$0$200K$87K
1.4%
$0$200K$60K
1.3%
$0$200K$89K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as specialized media/broadcast technicians, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by specialized media/broadcast technicians given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Managers (specialized areas)Marketing and sales managersElementary and middle school teachersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesCustomer service representativesHuman resources workersSecretaries and administrative assistantsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersLawyers, judges, and magistratesRetail salespersonsProducers and directorsEditorsDesignersTelevision, video, and motion picture camera operators and editorsMusicians, singers, and related workersPostsecondary teachersSecondary school teachersTeachers and instructors (specialized areas)ClergyEducation administratorsArtists and related workersSpecialized media/broadcast techniciansApplications and systems software developersElectrical and electronics engineersEngineers (specialized areas)Architectural and engineering managersComputer and information systems managersComputer programmersChief executives and legislatorsCivil engineersMechanical engineersIndustrial engineersAerospace engineersManagement analystsPhotographersWriters and authorsConstruction managersAccountants and auditorsFinancial managersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersCommunicationsMass MediaMusicCommunicationTechnologiesElectrical EngineeringGeneral EngineeringFilm Video andPhotographic ArtsFine ArtsSpecialized Program inEngineeringBusiness Management andAdministrationAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for specialized media/broadcast technicians

What jobs will most specialized media/broadcast technicians hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of specialized media/broadcast technicians reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Specialized media/broadcast techniciansTelecommunications line installers and repairersTelevision, video, and motion picture camera operators and editorsRadio and telecommunications equipment installers and repairersManagers (specialized areas)Media and communication workers (specialized areas)Engineers (specialized areas)DesignersMusicians, singers, and related workersProducers and directorsAnnouncersShipping, receiving, and traffic clerksArtists and related workersFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersMechanical engineersComputer support specialists
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for specialized media/broadcast technicians

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 10 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as specialized media/broadcast technicians as well as 1% of respondents after working as specialized media/broadcast technicians. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for specialized media/broadcast technicians
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Computer support specialists
72,300
$0$200K$54K
Musicians, singers, and related workers
30,100
$0$200K$41K
Radio and telecommunications equipment installers and repairers
23,700
$0$200K$52K
Mechanical engineers
21,200
$0$200K$83K
Producers and directors
14,700
$0$200K$60K
Media and communication workers (specialized areas)
11,600
$0$200K$40K
Engineers (specialized areas)
10,900
$0$200K$90K
Telecommunications line installers and repairers
10,800
$0$200K$48K
Television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors
7,100
$0$200K$49K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for specialized media/broadcast technicians: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as specialized media/broadcast technicians? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of specialized media/broadcast technicians surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for specialized media/broadcast technicians
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers
389,900
$0$200K$28K
3.7%
Maintenance and repair workers
155,500
$0$200K$42K
1.8%
Construction laborers
153,300
$0$200K$30K
1.0%
Agricultural workers (specialized areas)
129,300
$0$200K$21K
1.1%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
4.5%
Computer support specialists
72,300
$0$200K$54K
1.7%
Bailiffs, correctional officers, and jailers
32,700
$0$200K$44K
1.1%
Musicians, singers, and related workers
30,100
$0$200K$41K
1.6%
Personal financial advisors
26,100
$0$200K$72K
1.1%
Radio and telecommunications equipment installers and repairers
23,700
$0$200K$52K
3.0%
Mechanical engineers
21,200
$0$200K$83K
1.1%
Specialized media/broadcast technicians
16,700
$0$200K$51K
29.9%
Producers and directors
14,700
$0$200K$60K
1.8%
Editors
12,800
$0$200K$53K
1.4%
Media and communication workers (specialized areas)
11,600
$0$200K$40K
1.5%
Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers
11,500
$0$200K$43K
1.0%
Engineers (specialized areas)
10,900
$0$200K$90K
1.2%
Telecommunications line installers and repairers
10,800
$0$200K$48K
3.1%
Television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors
7,100
$0$200K$49K
2.2%
Electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers
3,400
$0$200K$41K
1.9%
Read about audio and video equipment technicians
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Operate, monitor, and adjust audio, video, lighting, and broadcast equipment to ensure consistent quality
  • Set up and take down equipment for events and live performances
  • Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording equipment or computers, sometimes using complex software
  • Synchronize sounds and dialogue with action taking place on television or in movie productions
  • Convert video and audio records to digital formats for editing on computers
  • Install audio, video, and lighting equipment in hotels, offices, and schools
  • Report any problems that arise with complex equipment and make routine repairs
  • Keep records of recordings and equipment used

These workers may be called broadcast or sound engineering technicians, operators, or engineers. At smaller radio and television stations, broadcast and sound technicians may do many jobs. At larger stations, they are likely to do more specialized work, although their job assignments may vary from day to day. They set up and operate audio and video equipment, and the kind of equipment they use may depend on the particular type of technician or industry.

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians share many of the same responsibilities, but their duties may vary with their specific area of focus. The following are examples of types of broadcast and sound engineering technicians:

Audio and video equipment technicians set up and operate audio and video equipment. They also connect wires and cables and set up and operate sound and mixing boards and related electronic equipment.

Audio and video equipment technicians work with microphones, speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, and recording equipment. The equipment they operate is used for meetings, concerts, sports events, conventions, and news conferences. In addition, they may operate equipment at conferences and at presentations for businesses and universities.

Audio and video equipment technicians also may set up and operate custom lighting systems. They frequently work directly with clients and must provide solutions to problems in a simple, clear manner.

Broadcast technicians, also known as broadcast engineers, set up, operate, and maintain equipment that regulates the signal strength, clarity, and ranges of sounds and colors for radio or television broadcasts. They operate transmitters, either in studios or on location in the field, to broadcast radio or television programs. Broadcast technicians also use computer programs to edit audio and video recordings.

Sound engineering technicians, also known as audio engineers or sound mixers, operate computers and equipment that record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in recording studios, sporting arenas, theater productions, or movie and video productions. They record audio performances or events and may combine audio tracks that were recorded separately to create a multilayered final product.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of audio and video equipment technicians? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Communication skills
Technicians need to communicate with supervisors and coworkers to ensure that clients’ needs are met and that equipment is set up properly before broadcasts, live performances, and presentations.
Computer skills
Technicians use computer systems to program equipment and edit audio and video recordings.
Manual dexterity
Some technicians set up audio and visual equipment and cables, a job that requires a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination. Others adjust small knobs, dials, and sliders during radio and television broadcasts and live performances.
Problem-solving skills
Technicians need to recognize equipment problems and propose possible solutions to them. Employers typically desire applicants with a variety of skills, such as setting up equipment, maintaining the equipment, and troubleshooting and solving any problems that arise.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for audio and video equipment technicians
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 57% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for audio and video equipment technicians. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for audio and video equipment technicians are anticipated to grow by 13% over the next decade; only 16% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for audio and video equipment technicians is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most audio and video equipment technicians? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as audio and video equipment technicians. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all specialized media/broadcast technicians, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

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Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS for this specialty
Number of Audio and Video Equipment Technicians per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where audio and video equipment technicians earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for specialized media/broadcast technicians compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for specialized media/broadcast technicians.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all specialized media/broadcast technicians, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
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BLS for this specialty
Median salary ratio: Audio and Video Equipment Technicians to all workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which audio and video equipment technicians earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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