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Summary Report for:
27-4015.00 - Lighting Technicians

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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Tasks

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

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Set up still or video cameras or related equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Attach equipment extensions or accessories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calibrate equipment to specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate with others to determine design specifications or details. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Gather information about work conditions or locations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install computer hardware. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install electrical components, equipment, or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Notify others of equipment problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate control consoles for sound, lighting or video. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position safety or support equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Program equipment to perform production tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair electrical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Run wiring to connect equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Set up material handling gear or equipment, such as rigging, packaging, or temporary structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Unload materials or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Credentials

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Lighting Technicians and Media and Communication Equipment Workers, All Other.
Employment data for Lighting Technicians and Media and Communication Equipment Workers, All Other.
Industry data for Lighting Technicians and Media and Communication Equipment Workers, All Other.

Median wages (2020) $34.12 hourly, $70,980 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2020) 23,300 employees
Projected growth (2020-2030) Much faster than average (15% or higher) Much faster than average (15% or higher)
Projected job openings (2020-2030) 2,900
State trends
 
Top industries (2020)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data external site and 2020-2030 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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