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

    You usually need a formal qualification in relevant field to work as a Performing Arts Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Performing Arts Technicians.

    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

    All Performing Arts Technicians

    • $1,327 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 14,800 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 56% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 34 years Average age
    • 30% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Performing Arts Technicians (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 14,800 in 2018 to 15,100 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 8,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,600 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Performing Arts Technicians work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Other Services; and Arts and Recreation Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,327 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: More than half work full-time (56%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 30% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200815500
    200915100
    201010300
    20119600
    201214500
    201310500
    201411600
    201511000
    201612900
    201712300
    201814800
    202315100

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings13271460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Information Media and Telecommunications39.9
    Other Services13.7
    Arts and Recreation Services13.0
    Retail Trade9.6
    Other Industries23.8

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StatePerforming Arts TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW36.831.6
    VIC28.725.6
    QLD16.920.0
    SA5.67.0
    WA8.410.8
    TAS1.32.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT1.71.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketPerforming Arts TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.5-5.05.0
    20-2416.3-9.39.3
    25-3430.4-22.922.9
    35-4420.7-22.022.0
    45-5416.9-21.621.6
    55-595.8-9.09.0
    60-643.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationPerforming Arts TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree21.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma23.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV19.8-21.121.1
    Year 1222.8-18.118.1
    Year 114.2-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below5.3-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in relevant field to work as a Performing Arts Technician. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Performing Arts Technicians.

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • 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.

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

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Computers and electronics

      64% Skill level

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

    2. Communications and media

      64% Skill level

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

    3. Telecommunications

      62% Skill level

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

    4. Customer and personal service

      55% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    5. Education and training

      50% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    Occupational Information Network
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    The skills and 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.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Indoors, heat controlled

      97% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    2. Electronic mail

      94% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      87% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Spend time sitting

      85% Important

      Spend time sitting at work.

    5. Contact with people

      85% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and 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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