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Audio and Video Recording Technicians

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NOC:5225
Occupation:Audio and Video Recording Technicians
Category:Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

About the job

Nature of work:

Audio and video recording technicians operate equipment to record, mix and edit sound, music and videotape, for motion pictures, television and radio programs, videos, recordings and live events. They are employed by multimedia companies, film, video and concert production companies, sound recording firms, theatre and dance companies, educational establishments, clubs, hotels, bands, radio stations, television networks and video production and editing companies.

Job duties:
Audio and video recording technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Set up, prepare, operate and adjust audio, recording, editing and reproducing equipment to record, edit and reproduce sound input or feed of pre-recorded material from tapes, records, compact discs, digital audio devices, and input from live microphones, satellites or microwave trucks for films, videos, radio and television programs and recordings.
  • Prepare and operate videotape recording and playback equipment to record videos, television programs, concerts and live events, and to edit video tape after production.
  • Operate electronic equipment to generate program titles, credits, sub-titles, graphic backgrounds or animation for television programs.
  • Operate audio consoles or computers, tape machines, microphones and sound processing equipment to mix, combine and edit music and sound at concerts and live events.
  • Operate dubbing machines to play back edited dialogue, music and sound effect tracks from different sources, in synchronization with motion picture film.
  • May supervise and coordinate the work of other audio and video recording technicians.
Sample job titles:
  • audio recording studio operator
  • audio technician
  • audiovisual (AV) technician
  • film technician
  • music or sound mixer
  • recording engineer
  • sound editor
  • sound engineer
  • sound technician
  • video-recording equipment operator
Skills:

To work in this field you need creativity, imagination, and technical skills. Attention to detail and the ability to improvise with equipment and techniques are also important. You must be able to communicate your ideas clearly and work well with others.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of a college or other program in recording engineering, audiovisual technology or a related field or experience as a recording studio assistant is usually required.
Other considerations:

Senior jobs in this group, such as recording and sound engineers, 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. Audio and Video Recording Technicians most commonly work full-time hours. 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 38% of Audio and Video Recording Technicians who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $37,216. 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
Audio and Video Recording Technicians175xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $2,813
Median: $29,405
Maximum: $63,252
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
Audio and Video Recording TechniciansCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
Percent employed full-time76%59%
Percent self-employed34%33%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentAudio and Video Recording TechniciansCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern5%x12%$30,581
Northern5%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton8%x13%$32,974
Halifax75%$36,60647%$41,209
Annapolis Valley5%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeAudio and Video Recording TechniciansCompared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
15-24xN/A
25-3418%13%
35-4418%44%
45-54x35%
55-6436%8%
65+x4%
Median Age3838
GenderAudio and Video Recording TechniciansCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
Female18%56%
Male83%44%
EducationAudio and Video Recording TechniciansCompared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school8.8%x10.2%$2,298
High school23.5%x26.2%$7,127
Trades certificate11.8%x3.6%$13,575
College certificate or diploma41.2%$72,92020.3%$20,158
University certificate or diplomaN/Ax1.7%$20,801
Bachelor's degree17.6%x27.5%$19,705
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax1.5%$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 Media Production Association
160 John Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 2E5
Tel: (800) 267-8208
Fax: (416) 304-0499
toronto@cmpa.ca
Audio Engineering Society
551 Fifth Ave., Suite 1225
New York, NY - USA 10176
Tel: (212) 661-8528
Women in Communications and Technology
116 Lisgar Street, Suite 300
Ottawa, ON K2P 0C2
Tel: (800) 361-2978
Fax: (613) 706-0612
info@wct-fct.com

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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