Job Family: Arts, Communications, Media, and Design Audiovisual and Broadcast Technicians
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Air Force  | Marine Corps  | National Guard

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Broadcaster tapes a program.
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Specialist runs production controls for broadcast.

Short Description
Television and film productions are an important part of military communications. Films are used for training in many military occupations. They are also used to record military operations, ceremonies, and news events. These productions require the teamwork of many technicians. Audiovisual and broadcast technicians perform many specialized tasks, ranging from filming to script editing to operating audio recording devices.

What They Do
Audiovisual and broadcast technicians in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Work with writers, producers, and directors in preparing and interpreting scripts
  • Plan and design production scenery, graphics, and special effects
  • Operate media equipment and special effect devices including cameras, sound recorders, and lighting
  • Follow script and instructions of film or TV directors to move cameras, zoom, pan, or adjust focus

Helpful Attributes
Helpful school subjects include photography, graphics, art, speech and drama. Helpful attributes include:
  • Experience in school plays or making home movies
  • Interest in creative and artistic work
  • Preference for working as part of a team

Training Provided
Job training consists of instruction. Training length varies depending on specialty. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content typically includes:
  • Motion picture equipment operation
  • Audio recording
  • Scripting and special effects techniques
  • Maintenance of public address sound equipment

Work Environment
Audiovisual and broadcast technicians work in studios or outdoors on location. They sometimes work from aircraft or ships. They travel and work in all climates.

Civilian Counterparts
Civilian audiovisual and broadcast technicians work for film production companies, government audiovisual studios, radio and television stations, and advertising agencies. Their duties are similar to those performed by military journalists and newswriters. They may be called motion picture camera operators, audiovisual production specialists, sound mixers, recording engineers, and broadcasting and recording technicians.

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