Performing Arts Technicians provide technical and other assistance for the production, recording and broadcasting of artistic performances.

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

Tasks

  • operating microwave equipment to transmit video information to transmitter sites and receiving video signals from remote locations
  • maintaining and repairing radio and television transmitters and associated equipment
  • selecting and attaching equipment to cameras, positioning cameras, and following the action of scenes being photographed while adjusting controls
  • positioning equipment, such as spotlights, floodlights and cables, and operating lights during filming, broadcasting and stage performances
  • applying and retouching make up during shooting and performance, including special effects make up such as scars and wounds
  • designing and making musical instruments and instrument parts using specially selected materials and techniques similar to those used in cabinetmaking, metal pipe making, silversmithing and wood carving, and tuning and repairing musical instruments
  • setting up and adjusting equipment such as microphones, and operating sound mixing consoles and associated equipment to regulate volume and sound quality
  • selecting and setting up television recording, editing and mixing equipment, and adjusting and monitoring their operation

Job Titles

  • Broadcast Transmitter Operator
  • Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video)
  • Light Technician
  • Make Up Artist
  • Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer
  • Sound Technician
  • Television Equipment Operator
  • Other Performing Arts Technicians
  • Broadcast Transmitter Operator

    Operates consoles to control radio or television broadcast transmitters.

  • Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video)

    Sets up and operates cameras to photograph scenes for film, television or video productions.

    Specialisations: Focus Puller (Film)

  • Light Technician

    Positions and controls lighting equipment for film, television or video productions or stage performances.

  • Make Up Artist

    Designs and applies make up to actors, presenters and other performing artists.

  • Musical Instrument Maker or Repairer

    Builds, repairs and restores musical instruments, and modifies and tunes them to owners' specifications.

    Specialisations: Piano Tuner

  • Sound Technician

    Operates audio equipment to record, enhance, mix and amplify sound in support of television, radio, film or video productions, or stage performances.

    Specialisations: Audio Operator, Dubbing Machine Operator, Foley Artist, Re-recording Mixer, Sound Editor, Sound Effects Person, Sound Mixer, Sound Recordist, Video and Sound Recorder

  • Television Equipment Operator

    Operates television equipment to record, edit, mix and prepare material for broadcast.

    Specialisations: Vision Mixer

  • Other Performing Arts Technicians

    Includes Continuity Person, Microphone Boom Operator, Performing Arts Road Manager, Special Effects Person, Theatrical Dresser

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,320 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    12100
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    69.7%
  • Female Share

    30.3%
  • Full-Time Share

    53.8%

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This is a medium sized occupation employing 12,100 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Performing Arts Technicians work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Information Media and Telecommunications; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Other Services.
  • Part-time work is fairly common, but more than half work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 37.2 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,320 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The workforce is fairly young. The average age is 31 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 2 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years).
  • Around 7 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200512100
200611800
200711100
200814000
200914000
201010100
201111600
201214700
20139000
201410500
201512100
202014100

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsPerforming Arts TechniciansAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings13201230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryPerforming Arts TechniciansAll Jobs Average
Full-time53.868.4
Part-time46.231.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)37.240

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Information Media and Telecommunications36.3
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services11
Other Services10.6
Arts and Recreation Services9.9
Other Industries32.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePerforming Arts TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW34.931.8
VIC28.825.5
QLD14.319.8
SA5.76.8
WA13.411.2
TAS1.12
NT0.61.1
ACT1.31.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPerforming Arts TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.6-5.45.4
20-2416.8-9.99.9
25-3443.2-23.423.4
35-4415.8-21.721.7
45-5414-21.121.1
55-594.3-8.78.7
60-640.8-5.95.9
65 and Over0.6-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryPerforming Arts TechniciansCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males69.7Males53.6
Females30.3Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Performing Arts Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Computers and Electronics

    82% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  2. Communications and Media

    82% Important

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  3. Telecommunications

    78% Important

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  4. English Language

    70% Important

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

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    69% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Interacting With Computers

    88% Important

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

  2. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    85% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  3. Getting Information

    83% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    81% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  5. Controlling Machines and Processes

    76% Important

    Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

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