Photographers, Audio-visual and Broadcasting Equipment Operators

Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators operate and assist with still, cine and television cameras, operate other equipment to record, manipulate and project sound and vision for entertainment, cultural, commercial and industrial purposes and operate drones to provide aerial video and photographs.


New workers

New workers start around £13,677. Normal pay is £26,293 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £49,371.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 41,580 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Maintains, repairs, programs and operates unmanned aircraft to provide aerial photographs and video.

  • Operates sound mixing and dubbing equipment to obtain desired mix, level and balance of sound.

  • Manages health and safety issues.

  • Operates equipment to record, edit and play back films and television programmes.

  • Checks operation and positioning of projectors, vision and sound recording equipment, and mixing and dubbing equipment.

  • Controls transmission, broadcasting and satellite systems for television and radio programmes, identifies and solves related technical problems.

  • Takes, records and manipulates digital images and digital video footage.

  • Photographs subject or follows action by moving camera.

  • Operates scanning equipment to transfer image to computer and manipulates image to achieve the desired effect.

  • Inserts lenses and adjusts aperture and speed settings as necessary.

  • Arranges subject, lighting, camera equipment and any microphones.

  • Selects subject and conceives composition of picture or discusses composition with colleagues.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Photography

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Image Editing

  • Marketing

  • Digital Single-Lens Reflex Cameras

  • Zoom (Video Conferencing Tool)

  • Adobe Flash

  • Broadband

  • Adobe Premiere Pro

  • Adobe After Effects

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Editing

  • Communication

  • Sales

  • Detail Oriented

  • English Language

  • Organizational Skills

  • Time Management

  • Innovation

  • Planning

  • Self-Motivation

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.