Technical Directors/Managers

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About the Job

Coordinate activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, engineering, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.

It is also Called

  • Television Newscast Director
  • Television Director
  • Technical Engineer
  • Technical Director
  • Talent Engineer
  • Station Manager
  • Remote Operations Producer
  • Record Producer
  • Radio Television Technical Director (Radio TV Technical Director)
  • Radio Station Manager
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What They Do

  • Collaborate with promotions directors to produce on-air station promotions.
  • Set up and execute video transitions and special effects, such as fades, dissolves, cuts, keys, and supers, using computers to manipulate pictures as necessary.
  • Switch between video sources in a studio or on multi-camera remotes, using equipment such as switchers, video slide projectors, and video effects generators.
  • Operate equipment to produce programs or broadcast live programs from remote locations.
  • Direct technical aspects of newscasts and other productions, checking and switching between video sources and taking responsibility for the on-air product, including camera shots and graphics.
  • Follow instructions from production managers and directors during productions, such as commands for camera cuts, effects, graphics, and takes.
  • Discuss filter options, lens choices, and the visual effects of objects being filmed with photography directors and video operators.
  • Confer with operations directors to formulate and maintain fair and attainable technical policies for programs.
  • Train workers in use of equipment, such as switchers, cameras, monitors, microphones, and lights.
  • Schedule use of studio and editing facilities for producers and engineering and maintenance staff.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ERC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Realistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.


In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $82,720 with most people making between $32,060 and $175,440


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 3,400 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 3,610 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 21 openings due to growth and about 109 replacement openings for approximately 130 total annual openings.

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