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Career and Education Opportunities for Audio Visual Technicians in Seattle, Washington

There are many career and education opportunities for audio visual technicians in the Seattle, Washington area. There are currently 910 working audio visual technicians in Washington; this should grow by 12% to 1,020 working audio visual technicians in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for audio visual technicians are expected to grow by about 12.6%. In general, audio visual technicians set up or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences.

The income of an audio visual technician is about $17 per hour or $36,790 per year on average in Washington. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $18 hourly or $38,050 yearly on average. Earnings for audio visual technicians are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Media Technical in Washington and not quite as good as general Media Technical category earnings nationally. Audio visual technicians work in a variety of jobs, including: broadcast technician, stage technician, and video editor.

The Seattle area is home to sixty-five schools of higher education, including three within twenty-five miles of Seattle where you can get a degree as an audio visual technician. Given that the most common education level for audio visual technicians is an Associate's, or other 2-year degree, you can expect to spend about two years studying to be an audio visual technician if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Audio Visual Technician

Audio Visual Technician video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, audio visual technicians set up or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. They also may also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems.

Audio visual technicians notify supervisors when major equipment repairs are needed. Finally, audio visual technicians perform minor repairs and routine cleaning of audio and video equipment.

Every day, audio visual technicians are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they distinguish between colors.

It is important for audio visual technicians to layout layouts of audio and video equipment, and perform upgrades and maintenance. They are often called upon to mix and regulate sound inputs and feeds, or direct audio feeds with television pictures. They also set up and operate electronic equipment used to record and transmit radio and television programs, cable programs, and motion pictures. They are sometimes expected to monitor incoming and outgoing pictures and sound feeds to insure quality, and notify directors of any possible problems. Somewhat less frequently, audio visual technicians are also expected to edit videotapes by erasing and removing portions of programs and adding video or sound as required.

Audio visual technicians sometimes are asked to inform users of audio and videotaping service policies and procedures. They also have to be able to decide on formats and mediums to effectively meet objectives within budgetary constraints and training and design manuals or related materials for use in conjunction with production materials or for training. And finally, they sometimes have to conduct training sessions on selection and layout of audiovisual materials and on operation of presentation equipment.

Like many other jobs, audio visual technicians must be thorough and dependable and be able to work independently and make decisions on their own.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Seattle include:

  • Art Director. Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches, and direct workers engaged in art work, layout design, and copy writing for visual communications media, such as magazines, books, and packaging.
  • Broadcast Technician. 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 radio transmitter to broadcast radio and television programs.
  • Camera Operator. Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to photograph images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, or motion pictures.
  • Film or Videotape Editor. Edit motion picture soundtracks, film, and video.
  • Florist. Design, cut, and arrange live, dried, or artificial flowers and foliage.
  • Photographer. Photograph persons, subjects, or other commercial products. May develop negatives and produce finished prints.
  • Program Director. Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs.
  • Set and Exhibit Designer. Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
  • Sound Engineer. Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, or movie and video productions.
  • Technical Director. Coordinate activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.
  • Technical Writer. Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Audio Visual Technician Training

Shoreline Community College - Shoreline, WA

Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133-5696. Shoreline Community College is a medium sized college located in Shoreline, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 5,823 students. Shoreline Community College has a one to two year program in Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician & Assistant which graduated nine students in 2008.

Bellevue College - Bellevue, WA

Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Cir SE, Bellevue, WA 98007-6484. Bellevue College is a large college located in Bellevue, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs and has 11,748 students. Bellevue College has an associate's degree program in Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician & Assistant which graduated three students in 2008.

Bates Technical College - Tacoma, WA

Bates Technical College, 1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405. Bates Technical College is a medium sized college located in Tacoma, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,807 students. Bates Technical College has a one to two year program in Recording Arts Technology/Technician which graduated eight students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Technology Specialist-Installation: A Certified Technology Specialist Installation (CTS-I) installs and maintains audiovisual systems by following specifications,.

For more information, see the InfoComm International website.

Certified Apprentice Lighting Technician: NALMCO offers a home study certification program, the Certified Apprentice Lighting Technician (CALT), which is indispensable for both entry-level and midlevel lighting management personnel.

For more information, see the International Association of Lighting Management Companies website.

Certified Senior Lighting Technician: NALMCO offers a home study certification program, the Certified Senior Lighting Technician (CSLT) which is indispensable for both entry-level and midlevel lighting management personnel.

For more information, see the International Association of Lighting Management Companies website.

Audio Systems: This certification program is for engineering technicians engaged in the layout, installation, and maintenance of audio systems for commercial, industrial, and large space applications.

For more information, see the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington photo by Dschwen

Seattle is located in King County, Washington. It has a population of over 598,541, which has grown by 6.2% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Seattle, 126, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Seattle are valued at $206,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, five hundred ninety-five new homes were built in Seattle, down from seven hundred seventy-five the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Seattle are health care, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes. More than 47.2% of Seattle residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 17.3%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Seattle is 7.8%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

The percentage of Seattle residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 37.3%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Seattle is home to the Berth 5 and the Akli Point Lighthouse as well as Lincoln Park and Myrtle Edwards Park. Shopping centers in the area include Lake City Shopping Center, Westwood Village Shopping Center and Oak Tree Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Seattle can choose from A-1 Motel, Arlington Suites and Marriott Sea-Tac Airport for temporary stays in the area.