Media

Broadcast engineer

Broadcast engineers make sure television, radio and online programmes are broadcast at the right times and are high quality.

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £50,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

40

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Broadcast engineer jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Your duties could include:

  • setting up studio equipment for transmission and editing
  • designing and setting up audio and video circuits
  • installing multimedia hardware, software and digital broadcast technology systems
  • setting up and operating links between studios and outside broadcast (OB) units
  • editing programmes live as they’re being transmitted or recorded
  • testing and servicing equipment
  • finding and repairing technical faults


University

You'll need a degree to apply for a graduate training scheme with a broadcaster. Useful subjects include:

  • broadcast engineering
  • broadcast technology
  • electronics
  • physics
  • computer science

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and maths
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

Apprenticeship

You can get started by doing a broadcast and media systems technical operator advanced apprenticeship or a broadcast and media systems engineer degree apprenticeship.

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 2 A levels, including maths or science, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

Further Information

You'll find it useful to get practical experience using broadcast technology equipment, as competition for places on training schemes is strong. You could get this through:

  • student film and TV productions
  • community or hospital radio
  • a placement with a broadcaster

You can start on an in-house engineering training scheme like the BBC's degree apprenticeship.

You can apply for the BBC Broadcast Engineering Graduate Scheme, if you have an honours degree or equivalent in electronics, physics, maths, computer science or a related subject.

£20,000 to £50,000

Starter salary: £20,000

Experienced salary: £30,000

These figures are a guide.

40

You’ll usually work around 40 hours a week. Shift work is common, including weekends and nights. 

You may need to work extra hours at short notice.

You’ll work in recording studios, studio galleries, control rooms or maintenance workshops. 

You might work in all weather conditions and locations, when you’re working on OBs.

You might work away from home and overseas.

You can apply for professional registration with the Engineering Council for Information and Communications Technology Technician or Chartered Engineer status. Registration can improve your career prospects.

You can find out more about working in the media industry from ScreenSkillsITV Careers and Sky.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • the ability to work well with others
  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of maths
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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