Are you fascinated with modern technology? Do you really flip out over the latest electronic gadgets? Then maybe you should consider becoming and audio and video equipment tech. They have the opportunity to work with and care for all kinds of up-to-date audio/video equipment. You’ll be able to record sound and images at the very best quality around.
It is possible to land a job if you have a lot of knowledge about various models and makes of audio and video equipment and functions. You should also be knowledgeable about the wiring and how to hook up the equipment. The equipment you would be working on can be top-of-the-line and high-definition cameras to digital recording systems to tape and reel audio recorders. Some systems may be old so you need to know those as well. If you have learned this on your own this is great, however some positions may require you to have college credit or even an associates degree related to the equipment you will be working with. Check with your local community college and vocational schools to see what they offer. Online coursework is also available. No matter what, if you have formal credentials, that will generate more work opportunities for you.
When it comes time to apply for a position for an audio and video technician, you’ll need to clearly demonstrate your knowledge and experience on the equipment you have worked with. If you already have audio and video background, the best way to display your background is by assembling video and audio clips of productions you have worked on. This information can be put on a DVD, video tapes or even put online. You’ll need an actual resume as well that lists all your experiences including places and dates as well as the actual equipment you used. It’s best if you can get letters of recommendation as well. That’s always a winner.
If you’re in the United States, you may be required to join a union to be employed as an audio and video equipment tech. Different states have different requirements. You’ll need to check with the state you live in. The union in the U.S. is known as the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Craft. It is possible to join the union once you have employment in the field with a company that has a collective bargaining agreement with IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees). This is a trade association the represents employees in the audio/video area and offers audio and visual certificates at a number of levels.
It is reported that audio and video equipment techs can make upwards of 45K a year. Some make considerably more while others make less. How much salary you can earn depends on your credentials and what state you live in. Places like New York City and California pay higher salaries as opposed to Nebraska for instance.