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 2023.
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What's it all about?

You’ll work on studio and outside broadcasts (OBs), post-production operations, and new media like interactive TV and webcasts. 

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 other digital broadcast technology systems
  • setting up and operating links between studios and OB units
  • editing programmes live as they’re being transmitted or recorded
  • testing and servicing equipment
  • finding and repairing technical faults

You’ll work as part of a team that includes producers, studio managers and presenters.

You’ll usually need to start on an in-house engineering training scheme.

Schemes include the BBC’s engineering trainee scheme and engineering sponsored degree apprenticeship.

You could have an advantage if you've paid or unpaid experience in using broadcast technology equipment from a placement with a broadcaster, by working on student film or TV productions, or community or hospital radio.
 
If you don't start through a training scheme, you’ll usually need:

  • experience in maintaining and repairing electronic equipment
  • to be familiar with broadcast technology
  • a work-related qualification in electronic or electrical engineering

£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.

With experience, you could move into management.

You could also work freelance.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • practical and technical skills
  • communication and teamwork skills
  • IT skills
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