Radio Technician

A radio technician is also commonly called a “radio operator.” They are responsible for fixing installing and ensuring that radio equipment functions properly. Radio technicians can find employment in many industries. They commonly work for radio stations and broadcasting companies but they also work for various branches of the government and the military. Airports and other transportation hubs also hire radio technicians for the purpose of maintaining and repairing systems used for radio communication. According to the website education-portal.com it is not necessary to obtain a formal education in order to become a radio technician. Most skills for this profession are learned through on-the-job training. For those who wish to become certified in this field there are certification options available through the Society of Broadcast Engineers. In order to succeed professionally as a radio technician it is essential to have a sincere interest in radios how they work and how they broadcast signals. Because a majority of the duties performed by radio technicians is based on repairing broken systems or installing new ones a knack for using various types of hand-held tools is necessary. According to www.ehow.com the job of a radio technician is not a “desk” job. Instead radio technicians often visit various locations in order to complete their job tasks. They are often required to travel from studios to transmission towers or from one building to another. The main job duty of a radio technician is to ensure that the best possible sound is being broadcasted. The website www.onetonline.org lists the median annual salary for a radio technician as approximately $41000.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $41000
High Salary: $61000
Low Salary: $21000
Tasks: Maintains and repairs radio equipment.
Ensures that radio programs run on time.
Verifies that the correct sound is being broadcast.
Sets up equipment for outdoor broadcasts.
Also Called: Radio Operator
Sound Technician
Broadcasting Technician
Radio Broadcast Technician
Additional Resources: http://education-portal.com/articles/Radio_Technician_Job_Description_and_Requirements_for_Becoming_a_Radio_Technician.html
http://www.ehow.com/about_6695773_radio-technician-job-description.html
http://ww2.prospects.ac.uk/p/types_of_job/sound_technician_broadcasting_film_video_job_description.jsp