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AV TECHNICIAN, IN-DEPTH: Growth Comes From Interacting With Different People Every Day, Solving Problems On The Spot

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Jesse, an AV Technician (Union Stagehand Local), describes what he likes most about his job, its challenges, and work-life balance. With the union, he's on-call every day so it can be challenging to plan activities. But when he needs a break he has the freedom to take his name off the call list for as long as he likes.

Job Title: AV Technician
Employer: Union Stagehand Local

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
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$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
Indoor
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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m='15160'>it</span> <span m='15360'>presents</span> <span m='15730'>different</span> <span m='16000'>challenges</span> <span m='17960'>and</span> <span m='18220'>helps</span> <span m='18460'>me</span> <span m='18590'>to</span> <span m='18690'>grow</span> <span m='18950'>in</span> <span m='19050'>different</span> <span m='19330'>ways</span> <span m='19550'>when</span> <span m='19660'>I</span> <span m='19710'>have</span> <span m='19850'>to</span> <span m='19940'>interact</span> <span m='20340'>with</span> <span m='20460'>different</span> <span m='20680'>people</span> <span m='21230'>or</span> <span m='21370'>figure</span> <span m='21660'>things</span> <span m='21970'>out</span> <span m='22160'>on</span> <span m='22260'>the</span> <span m='22340'>spot.</span> <span m='22750'>So</span> <span m='23410'>I</span> <span m='23480'>like</span> <span m='23750'>the</span> <span m='24070'>sort</span> <span m='24260'>of</span> <span m='24390'>creative</span> <span m='24780'>aspect</span> <span 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