- knowledge of media production and communication
- broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to work on your own
- excellent verbal communication skills
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Your day-to-day duties might include:
- setting up and testing equipment
- finding and dealing with faults
- operating equipment during rehearsals, peformances and events
- checking and servicing equipment
- managing equipment bookings
- training other people in how to use equipment
- carrying out safety checks on AV equipment for organisations or venues
You could work at a college, at a university or at a conference centre.
Your working environment may be physically demanding.
With experience, you could manage an audio-visual department, specialise in lighting or sound design, or become an events manager. You could also move into equipment and services sales.
You could work self-employed or freelance, for example installing audio-visual equipment in people's homes.
You can find out more about audio-visual careers and training from ScreenSkills.
You can also find out more about working in the creative industries from Discover Creative Careers.