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Audio-visual technicians install and operate visual, sound and lighting equipment at places like conference centres or schools.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements.
- do a college course, HNC, HND, foundation degree or degree in creative media production, audio production, multimedia, or digital media technology
- volunteer for a charity, school, or join a theatre group to get experience of audio-visual technology and software
You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- creative problem-solving ability
- organisational skills
- the ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
- communication and customer care skills
3. What you'll do
Your work could vary, from setting up slideshows for college lectures to installing sound, video and lighting for conferences or art exhibitions.
You’ll work with a wide range of equipment, like projectors, LCD or plasma screens, image editing software and video and still cameras.
Your day-to-day duties might include:
- setting up and testing equipment before an event
- finding and dealing with any faults
- operating equipment during rehearsals and events
- checking and servicing equipment
- managing equipment booking
- training other people to use the equipment
- assessing a venue's AV equipment
Experienced: £25,000 to £35,000
Highly Experienced: £40,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week.
Conference and exhibition work will often include evenings and weekends, and some school or college jobs may be during term-time only.
This can be a physically active role, so you'll need a reasonable level of personal fitness.
Most of your work will be indoors.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could manage a department, become a project manager or systems designer, or move into sales or account management.
You could be self-employed or freelance.
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Last updated: 13 September 2018