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Media Technical Director/Manager

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Bachelor's degree or higher +

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What They Do

Media Technical Directors-Managers Career Video

About This Career

Coordinates activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, engineering, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Performing Arts pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Switches between video sources in a studio or on multi-camera remotes, using equipment such as switchers, video slide projectors, and video effects generators.
  • Observes pictures through monitors and directs camera and video staff concerning shading and composition.
  • Supervises and assigns duties to workers engaged in technical control and production of radio and television programs.
  • Monitors broadcasts to ensure that programs conform to station or network policies and regulations.
  • Operates equipment to produce programs or broadcasts live programs from remote locations.
  • Tests equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Trains workers in use of equipment, such as switchers, cameras, monitors, microphones, and lights.
  • Acts as liaisons between engineering and production departments.
  • Collaborates with promotions directors to produce on-air station promotions.
  • Confers with operations directors to formulate and maintain fair and attainable technical policies for programs.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Production Director — Brings together the many complex pieces of a production - the script, actors, set, costuming, lighting and sound and music - into a unified whole.
  • Production Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Studio Director
  • Operations Director
  • Newscast Director — Responsible for successfully presenting a newscast on the air.
  • News Technical Director
  • Broadcast Director


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