CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Audio-Visual Specialists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Multi Media - Education
Benchmark Title: Audio-Visual Specialists
Summary Job Description Tasks
Set up, or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. May also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems. Notify supervisors when major equipment repairs are needed.
Monitor incoming and outgoing pictures and sound feeds to ensure quality, and notify directors of any possible problems.
Mix and regulate sound inputs and feeds, or coordinate audio feeds with television pictures.
Design layouts of audio and video equipment, and perform upgrades and maintenance.
Perform minor repairs and routine cleaning of audio and video equipment.
Switch sources of video input from one camera or studio to another, from film to live programming, or from network to local programming.
Meet with directors and senior members of camera crews to discuss assignments and determine filming sequences, camera movements, and picture composition.
Construct and position properties, sets, lighting equipment, and other equipment.
Compress, digitize, duplicate, and store audio and video data.
Obtain, set up, and load videotapes for scheduled productions or broadcasts.
Edit videotapes by erasing and removing portions of programs and adding video or sound as required.
Direct and coordinate activities of assistants and other personnel during production.
Plan and develop pre-production ideas into outlines, scripts, story boards, and graphics, using own ideas or specifications of assignments.
Maintain inventories of audio and video tapes and related supplies.
Determine formats, approaches, content, levels, and mediums to effectively meet objectives within budgetary constraints, utilizing research, knowledge, and training.
Record and edit audio material such as movie soundtracks, using audio recording and editing equipment.
Inform users of audio and videotaping service policies and procedures.
Obtain and preview musical performance programs prior to events to become familiar with the order and approximate times of pieces.
Produce rough and finished graphics and graphic designs.
Locate and secure settings, properties, effects, and other production necessities.
Control the lights and sound of events, such as live concerts, before and after performances, and during intermissions.
Conduct training sessions on selection, use, and design of audiovisual materials and on operation of presentation equipment.
Organize and maintain compliance, license, and warranty information related to audio and video facilities.
Develop manuals, texts, workbooks, or related materials for use in conjunction with production materials or for training.
Perform narration of productions, or present announcements.
Install, adjust, and operate electronic equipment to record, edit, and transmit radio and television programs, motion pictures, video conferencing, or multimedia presentations.
Diagnose and resolve media system problems.
Reserve audiovisual equipment and facilities such as meeting rooms.
Analyze and maintain data logs for audiovisual activities.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Multi Media - Education
Benchmark Title: Audio-Visual Specialists
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Multi Media - Education
Benchmark Title: Audio-Visual Specialists
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Multi Media - Education
Benchmark Title: Audio-Visual Specialists
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Multi Media - Education
Benchmark Title: Audio-Visual Specialists
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver Web page creation and editing software
Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player Web page creation and editing software
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software Graphics or photo imaging software
Apple Final Cut Pro Video creation and editing software
Apple iMovie Video creation and editing software
Corel Ulead DVD Workshop Video creation and editing software
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Assistive amplification systems Assistive listening devices
Audio presentation systems Public address systems
Audioconferencing systems Audioconferencing systems
Audiovisual A/V mixers Media control systems
Cassette players Cassette players or recorders
Claw hammers Hammers
Compact disk CD burners or players Compact disk players or recorders
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Digital audio recorders Digital voice recorders
Digital camcorders Digital camcorders or video cameras
Digital oscilloscopes Oscilloscopes
Digital video cameras Digital camcorders or video cameras
Digital video disk DVD players Digital video disk players or recorders
Digital voltmeters DVM Voltage or current meters
Integrated speaker systems Loudspeakers
Interactive whiteboards Touch screen monitors
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Laser pointers Lasers
Light boards Stage or studio lighting systems
Liquid crystal display LCD projection systems Liquid crystal display projection panels
Loudspeaker sets Loudspeakers
Master control switchers Media control systems
Microphone mixers Audio mixing consoles
Motion picture projectors Film projectors
Noise meters Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
Overhead display projectors Overhead projectors
Personal computers Personal computers
Plasma televisions Plasma screens
Portable speaker systems Loudspeakers
Power drills Power drills
Projection screens Projection screens
Screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Slide projectors Slide projectors
Soldering irons Soldering irons or guns
Sound boards Audio mixing consoles
Step ladders Ladders
Television monitors Televisions
Videoconferencing equipment Videoconferencing systems
Videotape duplicating equipment Cassette players or recorders
Wired microphones Microphones
Wireless microphones Microphones
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Multi Media - Education
Benchmark Title: Audio-Visual Specialists
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Multi Media - Education
Benchmark Title: Audio-Visual Specialists
Alternate Job Title(s)
Audio Technician
Audio Visual Specialist
Audio Visual Technician
Audio-Visual Production Specialist
Audio/Visual Manager
Audio/Visual Operator
Audiovisual Communications Systems Technician
Broadcast Engineer
Broadcast Technician
Classroom Technology Technician
Communications Equipment Operating Technician
Communications Technician
Equipment Technician
Event AV Operator
Event Crew Technician
Instructional Media Services Technician
Instructional Systems Specialist
Interactive Video Technician
Light Technician
Lighting Equipment Operator
Master Control Engineer
Master Control Operator (MCO)
Media Coordinator
Media Technician
Multimedia Educational Specialist
Multimedia Production Assistant
Music Sound Light Technician
Operations Technician
Planetarium Technician
Production Assistant
Production Manager
Production Sound Mixer
Projector Operator
Radio Producer
Sight Effects Specialist
Sound Controller
Special Effects Designer
Special Effects Specialist
Stage Technician
Technical Assistant
Technical Director
Television Technician
Theater Technician
Video Control Operator
Video Editor
Video Operator
Video Production Assistant
Video Technician
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Multi Media - Education
Benchmark Title: Audio-Visual Specialists
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