Broadcast and sound engineering technicians held about 117,200 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most broadcast and sound engineering technicians were as follows:
Radio and television broadcasting
Motion picture, video, and sound recording industries
Arts, entertainment, and recreation
Broadcast and sound engineering technicians typically work indoors in radio, television, movie, or recording studios. However, some work outdoors in all types of conditions in order to broadcast news and other programming on location. Audio and video technicians also set up systems in offices, arenas, hotels, schools, government agencies, hospitals, and homes.
Technicians doing maintenance may climb poles or antenna towers; those setting up equipment may do heavy lifting.
About 1 in 10 broadcast and sound engineering technicians were self-employed in 2014.
Technicians typically work full time. Some may occasionally work overtime to meet broadcast deadlines or set up for live events. Evening, weekend, and holiday work is common because most stations are on the air 24 hours a day.
Technicians who work on motion pictures may be on a tight schedule and may work additional hours to meet contract deadlines with movie studios.