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Media Technical Directors/Managers

Media Technical Directors/Managers

Overview
Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Experience

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

Education

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Job Training

Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Examples

Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include real estate brokers, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.

Coordinate activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, engineering, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $36K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $51K
Median Salary: $76K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $118K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $184K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

Direct technical aspects of newscasts and other productions, checking and switching between video sources and taking responsibility for the on-air product, including camera shots and graphics.

Switch between video sources in a studio or on multi-camera remotes, using equipment such as switchers, video slide projectors, and video effects generators.

Follow instructions from production managers and directors during productions, such as commands for camera cuts, effects, graphics, and takes.

Observe pictures through monitors and direct camera and video staff concerning shading and composition.

Supervise and assign duties to workers engaged in technical control and production of radio and television programs.

Monitor broadcasts to ensure that programs conform to station or network policies and regulations.

Set up and execute video transitions and special effects, such as fades, dissolves, cuts, keys, and supers, using computers to manipulate pictures as necessary.

Operate equipment to produce programs or broadcast live programs from remote locations.

Test equipment to ensure proper operation.

Train workers in use of equipment, such as switchers, cameras, monitors, microphones, and lights.

Act as liaisons between engineering and production departments.

Discuss filter options, lens choices, and the visual effects of objects being filmed with photography directors and video operators.

Collaborate with promotions directors to produce on-air station promotions.

Confer with operations directors to formulate and maintain fair and attainable technical policies for programs.

Schedule use of studio and editing facilities for producers and engineering and maintenance staff.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Computer aided design CAD software
Autodesk Maya for Design Visualization
Customer relationship management CRM software
Salesforce
Data base management system software
Microsoft SQL Server
Data base user interface and query software
Structured query language SQL
Development environment software
Unity Technologies Unity
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
Information retrieval or search software
Pinterest
Music or sound editing software
Avid Technology Pro Tools
Object or component oriented development software
Swift
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Operating system software
UNIX Shell
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software
Atlassian JIRA
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Video creation and editing software
YouTube
Web page creation and editing software
Social media sites
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Audio and visual presentation and composing equipment
Digital video effects units
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Desktop computers
Consumer electronics
Tape machines
Lighting Fixtures and Accessories
Studio lighting
Photographic or filming or video equipment
Camera control units
Top 10 Knowledge Required
Communications and Media
95%
Importance

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Computers and Electronics
87%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

English Language
83%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Telecommunications
76%
Importance

Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Engineering and Technology
73%
Importance

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.

Administration and Management
66%
Importance

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Customer and Personal Service
62%
Importance

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.

Education and Training
57%
Importance

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
56%
Importance

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Geography
54%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

Top 10 Skills
Active Listening
80%
Importance

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.

Coordination
80%
Importance

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Monitoring
80%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Speaking
80%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking
78%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making
73%
Importance

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Reading Comprehension
73%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Complex Problem Solving
70%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Time Management
70%
Importance

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Active Learning
68%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Top 10 Abilities
Deductive Reasoning
80%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Oral Comprehension
80%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Oral Expression
80%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Problem Sensitivity
80%
Importance

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.

Near Vision
78%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Far Vision
75%
Importance

The ability to see details at a distance.

Inductive Reasoning
75%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Speech Clarity
75%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Speech Recognition
75%
Importance

The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Written Comprehension
75%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Top 10 Work Activities
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
94%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
91%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Getting Information
85%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
85%
Importance

Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Interacting With Computers
85%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
85%
Importance

Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
83%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
82%
Importance

Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

Thinking Creatively
77%
Importance

Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
76%
Importance

Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Detailed Work Activities

Direct productions or performances.

Inspect communications or broadcasting equipment.

Monitor broadcasting operations to ensure proper functioning.

Determine technical requirements of productions or projects.

Manage content of broadcasts or presentations.

Coordinate logistics for productions or events.

Coordinate activities of production personnel.

Collaborate with others to determine technical details of productions.

Operate communications, transmissions, or broadcasting equipment.

Train others on work processes.

Operate control consoles for sound, lighting or video.

Create computer-generated graphics or animation.

Work Context
Electronic Mail

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Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Time Pressure

How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

Frequency of Decision Making

How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?

Importance of Being Exact or Accurate

How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Face-to-Face Discussions

How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

Work With Work Group or Team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Coordinate or Lead Others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?

Education
Majors   based on the broader career Producers and Directors
Major
Radio and Television
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Directing and Theatrical Production
Musical Theatre
Theatre and Dance
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
Film/Cinema/Media Studies
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Documentary Production
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
Interests
Enterprising
100%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Artistic
58%
Importance

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Conventional
58%
Importance

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Realistic
58%
Importance

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Investigative
29%
Importance

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Social
24%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Top 10 Work Styles
Cooperation
99%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Adaptability/Flexibility
91%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Attention to Detail
91%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Stress Tolerance
90%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Dependability
88%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Initiative
88%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Leadership
87%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Self Control
87%
Importance

Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Achievement/Effort
81%
Importance

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Persistence
74%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Work Values
Independence
86%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Support
77%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Working Conditions
74%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Recognition
72%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Relationships
72%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Achievement
67%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.