Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators


Average Annual Pay

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Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

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Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Workers in this unit group operate and assist with still, cine and television cameras and operate other equipment to record, manipulate and project sound and vision for entertainment, cultural, commercial and industrial purposes.


There are no set academic requirements although entrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades, A levels/H grades and are able to demonstrate proof of pre- entry work experience. A variety of diplomas, degrees and postgraduate qualifications are available. NVQs/SVQs in Photography are available at Levels 2, 3 and 4.

Typical tasks

  • selects subject and conceives composition of picture or discusses composition with colleagues;
  • arranges subject, lighting, camera equipment and any microphones;
  • inserts lenses and adjusts aperture and speed settings as necessary;
  • operates scanning equipment to transfer image to computer and manipulates image to achieve the desired effect;
  • photographs subject or follows action by moving camera;
  • takes, records and manipulates digital images and digital video footage;
  • controls transmission, broadcasting and satellite systems for television and radio programmes, identifies and solves related technical problems;
  • checks operation and positioning of projectors, vision and sound recording equipment, and mixing and dubbing equipment;
  • operates equipment to record, edit and play back films and television programmes;
  • manages health and safety issues;
  • operates sound mixing and dubbing equipment to obtain desired mix, level and balance of sound.

Common job titles

Operator, camera (film, television production)
Operator, limelight
Technician, cine
Balancer, sound
Manager, lighting (television service)
Director, lighting, technical
Mixer, sound
Mixer, vision (television service)
Director, lighting, theatre
Engineer, camera, video
Operator, control, sound
Operator, telecine
Recordist, sound
Manager, technical
Operator, video
Supervisor, vision (broadcasting)
Operator, photo (lithography)
Artist, photographic
Operator, camera, video
Operator, equipment, video
Technician, stage, theatre
Technician, visual, audio
Technician, aids, visual
Engineer, sound
Controller, sound
Manager, lighting (film, television production)
Manager, audio-visual
Operator, studio, photogravure
Technician, photographic
Operator, recorder, videotape
Operator, recorder, film
Mixer, dubbing
Assistant, sound
Assistant, studio
Operator, cinema
Operator, camera (television service)
Editor, dubbing
Assistant, cameraman's
Technician, media
Operator, photo-litho
Operator, camera (process engraving)
Engineer, audio
Mixer (film, television production)
Manager, visual, audio
Operator, photographic
Operator, VT
Operator, boom (film, television production)
Operator, tape
Assistant, photographic
Technician, theatre
Writer, subtitle
Cameraman, chief
Director of photography
Designer, lighting
Editor, sound
Manager, sound, theatre
Technician, sound
Assistant, film
Engineer, control, vision
Engineer, vision (broadcasting)
Assistant, photographer's
Recorder (sound recording)
Technician (film studio)
Technician, film
Operator, camera (printing)
Editor, camera, video
Officer, aids, visual
Engineer, recording
Officer, resources, media
Engineer, studio
Operator, aids, audio-visual
Operator, cinematograph
Operator, technical (broadcasting)
Technician, camera, video

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.