The audio-visual industry is ever-growing due to increased demands for entertainment as well as the advance of technology. This has required a whole new educational approach as well as a more open-minded approach when working in audio visual careers.
The name itself is a misnomer in that a degree in a program with this focus can include anything from running AV equipment to script writing. In a two year program you can become an AV technician whereas with four years of college, which provides broad-based knowledge in a variety of fields, can lead to more career opportunities within the field.
The two year AV technician will often set up, maintain, and operate equipment as well as provide training to others. Often they will work as special events such as with business conferences, in educational settings, at seminars, during concerts, or elsewhere. For some becoming employed by a venue, such as a theater or concert hall, can provide the job security they feel they need. However, many others prefer setting their own hours and workdays opting to become an independent contractor instead.
The TV and radio industries also utilise the expertise of technicians where technicians may be asked to edit tapes or work in other post-production recording capacities. For those who work in this profession they can often expect to earn approximately £27,000 to £44,000 per year, but this will vary depending on where you secure a position and what the job entails.
For others a career as a sound engineering technician is preferred because of the working environment as well as a love for the entertainment industry. In this capacity you would use a variety of equipment and instruments to edit tapes, synchronize and mix music, monitor records, or even ensure a smooth transition between tracks, segments, or programs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those working in this field can be comforted with the knowledge that the job will be secure for many years to come and that a salary of around £30,000 per year can be expected.
Writing scripts is another field in this industry. There are two fields within this profession including scriptwriters who create plays, movies, and television shows, as well as playwrights who write scripts for the theater. This field requires expertise in the areas of generating ideas, writing out scripts, and selling concepts to producers. This profession has stiffer competition than most, but can be highly rewarding especially for those who are hired under contract to write frequently.
For those interested in working in audio visual, there are many career opportunities. Whether you want to become an AV technician, sound engineer, script writer, or something else, much will depend on the amount of training and education received prior to joining the field. To begin finding out which field will fit best your individual needs, abilities, and preferences, researching the various options would be a great first step.