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Broadcast engineer

Broadcast engineers make sure television, radio and online programmes are broadcast at the right times and are high quality.

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £50,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

42 to 44 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; on shifts

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Broadcast engineer jobs in 2026.
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Day to day tasks

You could:

  • set up studio equipment for transmission and editing
  • design and set up audio and video circuits
  • install multimedia hardware, software and digital broadcast technology systems
  • set up and operate links between studios and outside broadcast (OB) units
  • edit programmes live as they’re being transmitted or recorded
  • test and service equipment
  • find and repair technical faults

Working environment

You could work at a TV studio, at a film studio or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers and you'll travel often.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • volunteering
  • an in-house training scheme
University

You'll need a degree to apply for a graduate training scheme with a broadcaster. Useful subjects include:

  • broadcast engineering
  • broadcast technology
  • electronics
  • physics
  • computer science

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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College

You may be able to get into broadcast engineering after doing a T Level in Media, Broadcast and Production.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
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Apprenticeship

You can get started by doing a broadcast and media systems technical operator advanced apprenticeship or a broadcast and media systems engineer degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 2 or more A levels, or equivalent, including maths and science, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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Work

You could start work with a broadcaster as a production assistant and later apply for a place on an in-house engineer training scheme.

You could also begin as a broadcast technician, for example after an apprenticeship, then do further training on the job to become an engineer.

Volunteering and work experience

You'll find it useful to get practical experience using broadcast technology equipment, as competition for places on training schemes is strong. You could get this through:

  • student film and TV productions
  • community or hospital radio
  • a placement with a broadcaster

Other routes

If you're already working for a broadcasting company in another role and have the right skills, you may be able to start on an in-house engineering training scheme like the BBC's degree apprenticeship.

You can apply for the BBC Broadcast Engineering Graduate Scheme, if you have an honours degree or equivalent in electronics, physics, maths, computer science or a related subject.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can apply for professional registration with the Engineering Council for Information and Communications Technology Technician or Chartered Engineer status. Registration can improve your career prospects.

Further information

You can find out more about working in broadcasting from:BBC careers; 4 Careers; ITV Careers; Sky

You can get information on working in media and creative careers from:ScreenSkills; Discover Creative Careers

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With experience, you could specialise in working with specific types of equipment. You could work for terrestrial, digital, cable or satellite broadcasters.

Many engineers work freelance so networking and keeping up to date with changes in the industry is really important to win contracts.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • the ability to work well with others
  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of maths
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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