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39-3021.00 - Motion Picture Projectionists

Set up and operate motion picture projection and related sound reproduction equipment.

Sample of reported job titles: Booth Operator, Cinema Projectionist, Digital Projectionist, Film Specialist, Motion Picture Projectionist, Movie Projectionist, Projection Technician, Projectionist, Projector Booth Operator, Technical Projection Guide

Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Monitor operations to ensure that standards for sound and image projection quality are met. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Start projectors and open shutters to project images onto screens. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Open and close facilities according to rules and schedules. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate equipment to show films in a number of theaters simultaneously. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform regular maintenance tasks, such as rotating or replacing xenon bulbs, cleaning projectors and lenses, lubricating machinery, and keeping electrical contacts clean and tight. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up and adjust picture projectors and screens to achieve proper size, illumination, and focus of images, and proper volume and tone of sound. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect projection equipment prior to operation to ensure proper working order. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform minor repairs, such as replacing worn sprockets, or notify maintenance personnel of the need for major repairs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up and inspect curtain and screen controls. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate equipment operation with presentation of supplemental material, such as music, oral commentaries, or sound effects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean the projection booth. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect movie films to ensure that they are complete and in good condition. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Project motion pictures onto back screens for inclusion in scenes within film or stage productions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove full take-up reels and run film through rewinding machines to rewind projected films so they may be shown again. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install and connect auxiliary equipment, such as microphones, amplifiers, disc playback machines, and lights. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe projector operation to anticipate need to transfer operations from one projector to another. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Insert film into top magazine reel, or thread film through a series of sprockets and guide rollers, attaching the end to a take-up reel. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare film inspection reports, attendance sheets, and log books. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Splice separate film reels, advertisements, and movie trailers together to form a feature-length presentation on one continuous reel. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove film splicing to prepare films for shipment after showings and return films to their sources. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Splice and rewind film onto reels automatically, or by hand, to repair faulty or broken sections of film. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate special-effects equipment, such as stereopticons, to project pictures onto screens. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • Allen wrench — Allen wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Audio amplifier — Power amplifiers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning brushes — Screen cleaning brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency light unit — Emergency lighting See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Film projectors — 16mm motion picture projectors; 8mm motion picture projectors; Portable motion picture projectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Film splicers — Splicing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Film washers — Film cleaning machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Follow spots — Spotlights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • High capacity removable media drives — Portable hard drives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser disc players — Laser disc playback machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microphones — Cordless microphones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nut drivers — Precision nut drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Projection screens or displays — Movie theatre screens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Flathead screwdrivers; Phillips screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slide projectors — Multi-image slide projectors; Opaque slide projectors; Still image projectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stage or projection or studio lighting system — Theater lights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape duplicator — Portable tape reproducers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Video projectors — Digital movie projectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Video tape rewinders — Film rewinders See more occupations related to this tool.

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Knowledge

  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Monitor operational quality or safety. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate audio-visual equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Arrange facility schedules. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform basic equipment maintenance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare film for distribution or use. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare operational reports or records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 83% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 53% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 59% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 40% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 45% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 36% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 34% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 37% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 30% responded “Occasional contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 36% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 39% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 41% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Degree of Automation — 48% responded “Highly automated.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include orderlies, counter and rental clerks, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
61   High school diploma or equivalent Help
20   Less than high school diploma
10   Bachelor's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

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  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2020) $13.22 hourly, $27,490 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2019) 4,700 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Decline (-1% or lower) Decline (-1% or lower)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 900
State trends
 
Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data external site and 2019-2029 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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