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

  • $1,320 Weekly Pay
  • 12,500 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 64.6% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43.3 hours Average full-time
  • 32 years Average age
  • 38.1% female Gender Share

The number of Performing Arts Technicians fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 12,500 in 2017 to 13,700 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 8,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Performing Arts Technicians work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Arts and Recreation Services; and Other Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (64.6%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43.3 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 32 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 38.1% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20079700
200815400
200915000
201010300
20119600
201214400
201310500
201411400
201510800
201613500
201712500
202213700

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Telecommunications34.4
Arts and Recreation Services19.9
Other Services16.2
Retail Trade9.1
Other Industries20.4

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 2017, 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
NSW32.131.6
VIC29.626.2
QLD16.419.7
SA2.86.7
WA15.210.8
TAS1.72.0
NT0.51.1
ACT1.71.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-192.2-5.25.2
20-2413.9-9.99.9
25-3439.0-23.623.6
35-4418.5-21.721.7
45-5415.1-20.820.8
55-593.2-8.88.8
60-643.4-6.06.0
65 and Over4.6-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Creative Arts and Culture VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 27-4011.00 - Audio and Video Equipment Technicians.

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