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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- 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.
Detailed Work Activities
- Set up still or video cameras or related equipment.
- Attach equipment extensions or accessories.
- Calibrate equipment to specifications.
- Collaborate with others to determine design specifications or details.
- Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
- Gather information about work conditions or locations.
- Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning.
- Install computer hardware.
- Install electrical components, equipment, or systems.
- Load materials or equipment.
- Notify others of equipment problems.
- Operate control consoles for sound, lighting or video.
- Position safety or support equipment.
- Program equipment to perform production tasks.
- Repair electrical equipment.
- Run wiring to connect equipment.
- Set up material handling gear or equipment, such as rigging, packaging, or temporary structures.
- Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
- Unload materials or equipment.
|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)|
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|
|Employment (2020)||23,300 employees|
|Projected growth (2020-2030)||Much faster than average (15% or higher)|
|Projected job openings (2020-2030)||2,900|
|Top industries (2020)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2020-2030 employment projections . "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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