Photographer, audio-visual or broadcasting equipment operator
- 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.
Typical Education Level
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.
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 10% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for photographer, audio-visual or broadcasting equipment operator is £22,737
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 974. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, 41 jobs have been posted for photographer, audio-visual or broadcasting equipment operator roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £22,737 per year. That is about £1,895 per month or £11.66 per hour. New workers generally start on £15,093, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £42,257
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 974 people are employed in the region.