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Career spotlight

Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators

Average National Salaries (2019)

Age 20

£12,480 pile of coins

Age 35

£24,440 pile of coins

Age 50

£27,560 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £16,120

What does this career do?

Workers in this unit group operate and assist with still, cine and television cameras and operate other equipment to record, manipulate and project sound and vision for entertainment, cultural, commercial and industrial purposes.

Typical tasks

  • selects subject and conceives composition of picture or discusses composition with colleagues
  • arranges subject, lighting, camera equipment and any microphones
  • inserts lenses and adjusts aperture and speed settings as necessary
  • operates scanning equipment to transfer image to computer and manipulates image to achieve the desired effect
  • photographs subject or follows action by moving camera
  • takes, records and manipulates digital images and digital video footage
  • controls transmission, broadcasting and satellite systems for television and radio programmes, identifies and solves related technical problems
  • checks operation and positioning of projectors, vision and sound recording equipment, and mixing and dubbing equipment
  • operates equipment to record, edit and play back films and television programmes
  • manages health and safety issues
  • operates sound mixing and dubbing equipment to obtain desired mix, level and balance of sound.

Current entry requirements

There are no set academic requirements although entrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades, A levels/H grades and are able to demonstrate proof of pre- entry work experience. A variety of diplomas, degrees and postgraduate qualifications are available. NVQs/SVQs in Photography are available at Levels 2, 3 and 4.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2020)
Female
(2020)

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Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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