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PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: You Learn Something New Every Day

About this video 

Navid is a production assistant working for live staged events and film productions. He shares his story about what it's like to be starting out in this business and what his career path has been so far. Plus, he talks about all the new things he's learned in his job and provides some advice about working in this field.

Degree: Communications
Job Title: Production Assistant

Job Summary: Audio and Video Equipment Technicians

Job Description

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for radio and television broadcasts, concerts, sound recordings, and movies and in office and school buildings.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Technicians who have work experience and formal training in their field will have the best opportunities for a job. Although some formal apprenticeship programs do exist, more frequently a new technician will accompany a more senior level technician to get the training and skills necessary for advancement.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$35,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Likes working with hands, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Associate degree
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You</span> <span m='59424'>don't find some gigs.</span> <span m='59920'>But</span> <span m='60416'>when</span> <span m='60912'>you do,</span> <span m='61408'>the</span> <span m='61904'>work,</span> <span m='62400'>it</span> <span m='62896'>differs for what it is.</span> <span m='63392'>If you're on</span> <span m='63888'>a movie set,</span> <span m='64384'>you have different</span> <span m='64880'>tasks there.</span> <span m='65376'>If you're doing</span> <span m='65872'>a lot of</span> <span m='66368'>events like this,</span> <span m='66864'>you have different</span> <span m='67360'>tasks,</span> <span m='67856'>different</span> <span m='68848'>procedures</span> <span m='69840'>doing</span> <span m='70336'>about your job.</span> <span m='70832'>I didn't</span> <span m='71328'>know there</span> <span m='71824'>was so many</span> <span m='72320'>types</span> <span m='72816'>of coffee orders</span> <span m='73312'>you can get, first of all.</span> <span m='73808'>There's a</span> <span m='74304'>lot of</span> <span m='74800'>types</span> <span m='75296'>of</span> <span m='75792'>coffee out there</span> <span m='76288'>people like.</span> </p><p><span m='76784'>Also</span> <span m='78310'>finding</span> <span m='78692'>all</span> <span m='79074'>the</span> <span m='79840'>gear,</span> <span m='80140'>learning</span> <span m='80440'>about</span> <span m='81940'>how exactly</span> <span m='83440'>things work</span> <span m='84040'>when</span> <span m='84340'>it</span> <span m='84640'>comes</span> <span m='84940'>to</span> <span m='85240'>wiring</span> <span m='85840'>and doing</span> <span m='86140'>feeds,</span> <span m='86740'>hooking</span> <span m='87340'>systems up,</span> <span m='88540'>getting</span> <span m='88840'>everything</span> <span m='89140'>up.</span> <span m='90040'>I</span> <span m='90340'>just built my first</span> <span m='90640'>jib</span> <span m='90940'>today,</span> <span m='91540'>another</span> <span m='91840'>thing I</span> <span m='92140'>learned</span> <span m='92440'>and</span> <span m='92740'>I</span> <span m='93040'>never</span> <span m='93340'>knew</span> <span m='93640'>how</span> <span m='93940'>to</span> <span m='94240'>do.</span> <span m='95440'>It really</span> <span m='95740'>differs.</span> <span m='96640'>Every day</span> <span m='96940'>is a different</span> <span m='97240'>thing.</span> <span m='99040'>You really</span> <span m='99340'>do learn</span> <span m='99640'>something new</span> <span m='99940'>every day</span> <span m='100540'>about</span> <span m='100840'>this</span> <span m='102040'>industry.</span> <span m='102940'>If</span> <span m='103240'>it's what</span> <span m='103540'>you love</span> <span m='103840'>and</span> <span m='104140'>it's your</span> <span m='104440'>passion,</span> <span m='104740'>you've</span> <span m='105040'>just got to keep</span> <span m='105340'>on</span> <span m='105640'>doing</span> <span m='105940'>it.</span> <span m='106240'>You're going to have</span> <span m='106540'>some bad days.</span> <span m='106840'>You're going to have great days.</span> <span m='107140'>You're going</span> <span m='107440'>to have bad</span> <span m='107740'>months. 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