Software & systems

Audio visual technician

Audio-visual technicians install and operate visual, sound and lighting equipment at conference centres, schools, colleges and events.

Annual Salary

£16,000 to £40,000

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

Working hours

35 to 40

4%
Future employment

There will be 4% more Audio visual technician jobs in 2023.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • setting up and testing equipment before an event
  • finding and dealing with any faults
  • operating equipment during rehearsals and events
  • checking and servicing equipment
  • managing equipment booking
  • training other people to use the equipment
  • assessing a venue's AV equipment

You could work at a college, at a university or at a conference centre.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

College

There is no set entry route to become an audio-visual technician but it may be useful to do a college course like:

  • Level 2 Technical Diploma in Digital Audio and Visual Production
  • Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production
  • Level 3 Certificate in Technical Theatre: Sound, Light and Stage

This would teach you some of the skills needed for the job. You could then try to find a trainee job with a theatre or events company. Some employers may prefer you to have experience of live events.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

Apprenticeship

You could get into this job through a creative venue technician or live event technician advanced apprenticeship.

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

Further Information

You could start as an assistant technician and work your way up. Experience and qualifications in broadcast and sound technology, or electronics, would be useful.

You could volunteer with a charity, college or theatre group to get experience of setting up and running audio-visual technology and software.

Employers value experience, so it would improve your chances of finding work if you've got experience of setting up and using audio, visual and computer technology.

You could join organisations like PLASA or the Production Services Association, for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

You can find out more about audio-visual careers and training from ScreenSkills.

£16,000 to £40,000

Starter salary: £16,000

Experienced salary: £25,000 to £35,000

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

You’ll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week.

Conference and exhibition work will often include evenings and weekends, and some school or college jobs may be during term-time only.



This can be a physically active role, so you'll need a reasonable level of personal fitness.



Most of your work will be indoors.

With experience, you could manage a department, become a project manager or systems designer, or move into sales or account management.

You could be self-employed or freelance.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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