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Employment: Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians and Radio Operators
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Broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators
held about 93,000 jobs in 2002. Their employment was distributed among
the following detailed occupations:
Audio and video equipment technicians
Sound engineering technicians
About 32 percent worked in broadcasting (except Internet) and 16
percent worked in the motion picture and sound recording industries.
Almost 1 in 10 were self-employed. Television stations employ, on
average, many more technicians than do radio stations. Some technicians
are employed in other industries, producing employee communications,
sales, and training programs. Technician jobs in television are located
in virtually all cities, whereas jobs in radio also are found in many
small towns. The highest paying and most specialized jobs are
concentrated in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington,
DC—the originating centers for most network or news programs. Motion
picture production jobs are concentrated in Los Angeles and New York