Broadcast Engineers

Broadcast engineers, also referred to as broadcast technicians or broadcast operators, operate and maintain the electronic equipment used to record and transmit the audio for radio signals and the audio and visual images for television signals to the public. They may work in a broadcasting station or assist in broadcasting directly from an outside site as a field technician. Approximately 27,800 broadcast engineers work in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Broadcast Technicians, Broadcast Operators
Duties Operate and maintain the electronic equipment used to record and transmit radio and television signals
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internships, volunteering, and part-time jobs
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Computer
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief Engineer
  • Assistant Chief Engineer
  • Experienced Broadcast Engineer
  • Entry-Level Broadcast Engineer

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