Summary Report for:
39-3021.00 - Motion Picture Projectionists
Set up and operate motion picture projection and related sound reproduction equipment.
Sample of reported job titles: Booth Manager, Booth Operator, Booth Supervisor, Booth Usher, Motion Picture Projectionist, Movie Projectionist, Projection Technician, Projectionist, Projector Booth Operator
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- 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.
- Start projectors and open shutters to project images onto screens.
- Monitor operations to ensure that standards for sound and image projection quality are met.
- Operate equipment to show films in a number of theaters simultaneously.
- Splice separate film reels, advertisements, and movie trailers together to form a feature-length presentation on one continuous reel.
- Inspect movie films to ensure that they are complete and in good condition.
- Set up and adjust picture projectors and screens to achieve proper size, illumination, and focus of images, and proper volume and tone of sound.
- Inspect projection equipment prior to operation to ensure proper working order.
- Perform regular maintenance tasks such as rotating or replacing xenon bulbs, cleaning lenses, lubricating machinery, and keeping electrical contacts clean and tight.
- Remove film splicing to prepare films for shipment after showings and return films to their sources.
- Splice and rewind film onto reels automatically, or by hand, to repair faulty or broken sections of film.
- Perform minor repairs such as replacing worn sprockets, or notify maintenance personnel of the need for major repairs.
- Open and close facilities according to rules and schedules.
- Observe projector operation to anticipate need to transfer operations from one projector to another.
- Set up and inspect curtain and screen controls.
- Project motion pictures onto back screens for inclusion in scenes within film or stage productions.
- Remove full take-up reels and run film through rewinding machines to rewind projected films so they may be shown again.
- Operate special-effects equipment, such as stereopticons, to project pictures onto screens.
- Coordinate equipment operation with presentation of supplemental material, such as music, oral commentaries, or sound effects.
- Install and connect auxiliary equipment, such as microphones, amplifiers, disc playback machines, and lights.
- Prepare film inspection reports, attendance sheets, and log books.
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Allen wrench — Allen wrenches
- Audio amplifier — Power amplifiers
- Cleaning brushes — Screen cleaning brushes
- Emergency light unit — Emergency lighting
- Film projectors — 16mm motion picture projectors; 8mm motion picture projectors; Portable motion picture projectors
- Film splicers — Splicing machines
- Film washers — Film cleaning machines
- Follow spots — Spotlights
- High capacity removable media drives — Portable hard drives
- Laser disc players — Laser disc playback machines
- Microphones — Cordless microphones
- Nut drivers — Precision nut drivers
- Personal computers
- Projection screens or displays — Movie theatre screens
- Screwdrivers — Flathead screwdrivers; Phillips screwdrivers
- Slide projectors — Multi-image slide projectors; Opaque slide projectors; Still image projectors
- Stage or projection or studio lighting system — Theater lights
- Tape duplicator — Portable tape reproducers
- Video projectors — Digital movie projectors
- Video tape rewinders — Film rewinders
- Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- 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.
- Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- 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.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- 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.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
- Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- 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.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Detailed Work Activities
- Operate audio-visual equipment.
- Prepare film for distribution or use.
- Monitor operational quality or safety.
- Inspect equipment to ensure proper functioning.
- Perform basic equipment maintenance.
- Arrange facility schedules.
- Prepare operational reports or records.
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 92% responded “Every day.”
- Time Pressure — 73% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 59% responded “Extremely important.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 59% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 47% responded “Every day.”
- Telephone — 51% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 43% responded “Extremely important.”
- Contact With Others — 36% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 41% responded “Extremely important.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 37% responded “Very important results.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 34% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 50% responded “Some freedom.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 48% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Standing — 50% responded “About half the time.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 47% responded “Some freedom.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 41% responded “Every day.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 32% responded “Extremely important.”
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 30% responded “About half the time.”
- Degree of Automation — 40% responded “Highly automated.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 27% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
- Consequence of Error — 32% responded “Fairly serious.”
- Deal With External Customers — 31% responded “Extremely important.”
- Letters and Memos — 28% responded “Never.”
|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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- 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.
- 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.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- 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.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- 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.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
- 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.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2018)||$10.94 hourly, $22,760 annual|
|Employment (2016)||6,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2016-2026)||Decline (-2% or lower)|
|Projected job openings (2016-2026)||600|
|Top industries (2016)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016-2026). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
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