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Broadcast Technicians

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NOC:5224
Occupation:Broadcast Technicians
Category:Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

About the job

Nature of work:

Broadcast technicians install, set up, test, operate and repair electronic equipment used to record and transmit live and taped radio and television programs and to produce audio and video streaming broadcasts for the Internet. They are employed by radio and television broadcasting networks and stations, by broadcast equipment companies and by Internet-based communication providers.

Job duties:
Broadcast technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Monitor broadcast quality of live and taped radio and television programs.
  • Operate and monitor radio and television broadcasting systems to broadcast, receive signals and to regulate clarity and range of sounds and colours of recordings or broadcasts.
  • Operate broadcast equipment to produce audio and video streaming broadcasts for the Internet.
  • Make emergency repairs to equipment and substitute programs in case of signal failure.
  • Maintain, install and troubleshoot a wide variety of broadcast hardware and software.
  • Set up and operate consoles to pick up and select feed sources from different locations and to air radio or television programs and commercials.
  • May supervise other broadcast technicians.
Sample job titles:
  • broadcast engineer
  • broadcast maintenance technician
  • broadcasting technician
  • broadcasting transmitter operator
  • mobile broadcasting equipment installer
  • mobile radio broadcasting supervisor
  • transmission studio control operator
  • transmitter operator
  • video transmission operator
Skills:

In addition to technical skills, this work requires attention to detail, quick response to problems, and the ability to improvise with equipment and techniques.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of a college program in broadcast technology or electronics is usually required.
Other considerations:

Senior and supervisory positions in this group require experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Broadcast Technicians most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically temporary positions (such as a term, contract, or casual work). Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 50% of Broadcast Technicians who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $71,608. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Broadcast Technicians65xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $61,752
Maximum:  N/A
Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport11,000Moderate growth735Moderate
Minimum: $10.81
Median: $16.00
Maximum: $31.00
Minimum: $945
Median: $11,712
Maximum: $60,447
Broadcast TechniciansCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
Percent employed full-time86%59%
Percent self-employed47%33%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentBroadcast TechniciansCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southernxx12%$30,581
Northern27%x16%$33,660
Cape Bretonxx13%$32,974
Halifax53%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley13%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeBroadcast TechniciansCompared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
15-24N/AN/A
25-3430%13%
35-4420%44%
45-5420%35%
55-6440%8%
65+20%4%
Median Age5438
GenderBroadcast TechniciansCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
Female27%56%
Male73%44%
EducationBroadcast TechniciansCompared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolN/Ax10.2%$2,298
High school14.3%x26.2%$7,127
Trades certificateN/Ax3.6%$13,575
College certificate or diploma50.0%$26,78320.3%$20,158
University certificate or diplomaN/Ax1.7%$20,801
Bachelor's degree21.4%x27.5%$19,705
University advanced certificate or diploma14.3%x1.5%$18,274
Master's degreeN/Ax8.0%x
DoctorateN/Ax1.0%$30,975
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%$11,741
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canadian Association of Broadcasters
770 - 45 O`Connor Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 1A4
Tel: (613) 233-4035
cab@cab-acr.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Communications technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to function as workers and managers within communications industries. These programs include courses in business economics; basic management; principles of interpersonal and mediated communications; radio, television, and digital media production; and related aspects of technology and communications systems.
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Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Program Name:Organizational communication - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on general communication processes and dynamics within organizations. These programs include courses in the development and maintenance of interpersonal group relations within organizations; decision-making and conflict management; the use of symbols to create and maintain organizational images, missions, and values; power and politics within organizations; human interaction with computer technology; and how communications socialize and support employees and team members.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Radio and television
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the theories, methods, and techniques used to plan, produce, and distribute audio and video programs and messages, and that prepares individuals to function as staff, producers, directors, and managers of radio and television shows and media organizations. These programs include courses in media aesthetics; planning, scheduling, and production; writing and editing; performing and directing; personnel and facilities management; marketing and distribution; media regulations, law, and policy; and principles of broadcast technology.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Recording arts technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to the production of sound recordings as finished products or as components of film/video, broadcast, live, or mixed media productions. These programs include courses in sound equipment operation and maintenance; music, dialogue, and sound effects recording; sound track editing; dubbing and mixing; sound engineering; tape, disk, and CD production; digital recording and transmission; amplification and modulation; and working with producers, editors, directors, artists, and production managers.
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DaVinci College of Art and Design NS Ltd.
1577 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1Z7
(902) 429-1847
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
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