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Employment of broadcast engineering technicians is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all careers through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Broadcast technicians, however, are expected to have slower than average employment growth due to slow growth in the number of new radio and television stations, the consolidation of existing stations, and the introduction of labor-saving technologies such as computer-controlled programming. The largest number of job opportunities will be found at smaller stations or markets. Job openings will also result from the need to replace existing engineers who often leave the industry for other jobs in electronics. Those with experience at a radio or television station, and who have an associate's or bachelor's degree in broadcast technology, broadcast production, computer networking, or a related field, will have better chances of securing work.
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