Occupation | Weston College

Photographer, audio-visual or broadcasting equipment operator

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.

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.

Typical Education Level

Level 1-3

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

£22,737

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for photographer, audio-visual or broadcasting equipment operator is £22,737

974 positions

Current Employment

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.

41 jobs

Job Postings

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.

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