Lighting Technicians

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Set up, maintain, and dismantle light fixtures, lighting control devices, and the associated lighting electrical and rigging equipment used for photography, television, film, video, and live productions. May focus or operate light fixtures, or attach color filters or other lighting accessories.

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  • Assess safety of wiring or equipment set-up to determine the risk of fire or electrical shock.
  • Consult with lighting director or production staff to determine lighting requirements.
  • Disassemble and store equipment after performances.
  • Install color effects or image patterns, such as color filters, onto lighting fixtures.
  • Install electrical cables or wire fixtures.
  • Load, unload, or position lighting equipment.
  • Match light fixture settings, such as brightness and color, to lighting design plans.
  • Notify supervisors when major lighting equipment repairs are needed.
  • Operate manual or automated systems to control lighting throughout productions.
  • Patch or wire lights to dimmers or other electronic consoles.
  • Perform minor repairs or routine maintenance on lighting equipment, such as replacing lamps or damaged color filters.
  • Program lighting consoles or load automated lighting control systems onto consoles.
  • Set up and focus light fixtures to meet requirements of television, theater, concerts, or other productions.
  • Set up scaffolding or cranes to assist with setting up of lighting equipment.
  • Test lighting equipment function and desired lighting effects.
  • Visit and assess structural and electrical layout of locations before setting up lighting equipment.

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Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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SVP Range
1-2 years of preparation (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Training & Credentials

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Workforce Characteristics

Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2021)
$24.75 hourly, $51,470 annual
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Employment (2021)
5,700 employees
Projected growth (2021-2031)
Much faster than average (11% or higher)
Projected job openings (2021-2031)
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Top industries (2021)
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (20% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021 wage data external site and 2021-2031 employment projections external site. “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2021-2031). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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