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Audio visual technician

Audio-visual technicians install and operate visual, sound and lighting equipment at venues like conference centres, art galleries or schools.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £40,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements.

You could:

  • 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
Experience and qualifications in sound technology, IT or electronics may also be useful.

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • 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

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £35,000

Highly Experienced: £40,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’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 progression

With 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: 21 December 2016