Light Technicians position and control lighting equipment for film, television or video productions or stage performances.

    You can work as a Light Technician without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Light Technicians.

    Tasks

    • Positions equipment, such as spotlights, floodlights and cables, and operates lights during filming, broadcasting and stage performances.

    All Performing Arts Technicians

    • $1,327 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Light Technicians

    • 900 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 68% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 49 hours Average full-time
    • 34 years Average age
    • 13% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Light Technicians (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 900 in 2011 to 900 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Light Technicians work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Information Media and Telecommunications; and Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (68%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 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: 13% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    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)
    Arts and Recreation Services40.4
    Information Media and Telecommunications24.7
    Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services6.3
    Public Administration and Safety5.8
    Other Industries22.8

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateLight TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW36.731.6
    VIC30.625.6
    QLD17.620.0
    SA5.27.0
    WA7.710.8
    TAS1.02.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT0.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketLight TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-194.4-5.05.0
    20-2417.7-9.39.3
    25-3429.9-22.922.9
    35-4422.4-22.022.0
    45-5415.0-21.621.6
    55-595.5-9.09.0
    60-643.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.7-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationLight TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree20.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma18.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV23.2-21.121.1
    Year 1226.0-18.118.1
    Year 114.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below6.2-12.512.5

    You can work as a Light Technician without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Light Technicians.

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • 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.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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    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.

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    Knowledge

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    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.

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    1. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      97% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    2. Electronic Mail

      94% Important

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    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      87% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Spend Time Sitting

      85% Important

      How much time do you spend sitting?

    5. Contact With Others

      85% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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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.

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