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Broadcast Technicians
District Of Columbia

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Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Control audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operate transmitter to broadcast radio or television programs.

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Currently Employed: 560

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $26.89 - $43.89

Typical Annual Salary: $55,900 - $91,300

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Maintain programming logs as required by station management and the Federal Communications Commission.
  • Regulate the fidelity, brightness, and contrast of video transmissions, using video console control panels.
  • Select sources from which programming will be received or through which programming will be transmitted.
  • Monitor strength, clarity, and reliability of incoming and outgoing signals and adjust equipment as necessary to maintain quality broadcasts.
  • Observe monitors and converse with station personnel to determine audio and video levels and to ascertain that programs are airing.
  • Monitor and log transmitter readings.
  • Play and record broadcast programs using automation systems.
  • Report equipment problems, ensure that repairs are made, and make emergency repairs to equipment when necessary and possible.
  • Control audio equipment to regulate the volume and sound quality during radio and television broadcasts.
  • Set up, operate, and maintain broadcast station computers and networks.

tools & technology

  • Audio mixing consoles
  • Media control systems
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Satellite receivers
  • Video editors

  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Office suite software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Video creation and editing software
  • Word processing software

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