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Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists
SOC Code: 25-9011.00

Prepare, plan, and operate multimedia teaching aids for use in education. May record, catalogue, and file materials.

Sample of reported job titles: Audio Video Technician, Audio Visual Coordinator, Audio Visual Specialist, Audio Visual Technician, Electronics Technician, Instructional Technology Specialist, Library Media Specialist, Media Specialist, Media Technician, Multimedia Services Coordinator

Tasks

  • Set up, adjust, and operate audio-visual equipment, such as cameras, film and slide projectors, and recording equipment, for meetings, events, classes, seminars, and video conferences.
  • Maintain hardware and software, including computers, scanners, color copiers, and color laser printers.
  • Install audio-visual equipment.
  • Instruct users in the selection, use, and design of audio-visual materials and assist them in the preparation of instructional materials and the rehearsal of presentations.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of assistants and other personnel during production.
  • Plan and prepare audio-visual teaching aids and methods for use in school systems.
  • Determine formats, approaches, content, levels, and mediums necessary to meet production objectives effectively and within budgetary constraints.
  • Perform simple maintenance tasks, such as cleaning monitors and lenses and changing batteries and light bulbs.
  • Acquire, catalog, and maintain collections of audio-visual material such as films, video- and audio-tapes, photographs, and software programs.
  • Attend conventions and conferences, read trade journals, and communicate with industry insiders to keep abreast of industry developments.
  • Develop manuals, texts, workbooks, or related materials for use in conjunction with production materials.
  • Confer with teachers to select course materials and to determine which training aids are best suited to particular grade levels.
  • Offer presentations and workshops on the role of multimedia in effective presentations.
  • Produce rough and finished graphics and graphic designs.
  • Construct and position properties, sets, lighting equipment, and other equipment.
  • Locate and secure settings, properties, effects, and other production necessities.

Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software - Microsoft Access
  • Desktop publishing software - Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign ; Microsoft Publisher
  • Document management software - Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop ; Microsoft Visio
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Video creation and editing software - Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Audio mixing consoles - Sound boards
  • Cassette players or recorders - Audio tape players; High speed video duplicators
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Compact disk players or recorders - Compact disk CD players
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras - Digital camcorders
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital video disk players or recorders - Digital video disk DVD players
  • Epidiascopes - Opaque projectors
  • Film projectors - Motion picture projectors
  • Liquid crystal display projection panels - Liquid crystal display LCD projection systems
  • Loudspeakers - Portable amplifiers
  • Media control systems - Audio or video editing systems
  • Microfiche or microfilm viewers - Microfiche readers
  • Microphones - Wireless microphones
  • Multimedia projectors
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Overhead projectors - Large screen projectors; Overhead display projectors
  • Personal computers
  • Projection screens or displays - Video screens
  • Public address systems - Audio presentation systems
  • Screwdrivers
  • Slide projectors
  • Stage or projection or studio lighting system - Light boards
  • Still cameras
  • Televisions - Television monitors
  • Video cassette players or recorders - Video cassette recorders VCR
  • Videoconferencing systems - Videoconferencing equipment
  • Voltage or current meters - Voltmeters

Knowledge

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills

  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Abilities

  • 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).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • 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).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • 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.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • 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.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.

Interests

  • Interest code: CRS
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Context

  • Electronic Mail - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 97% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 97% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 89% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 58% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 54% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 48% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Time Pressure - 35% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 47% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 49% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 44% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 33% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 35% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 50% responded “Very important.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 41% responded “Moderate results.”
  • Letters and Memos - 54% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 26% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 26% responded “Important.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 65% responded “40 hours.”
  • Physical Proximity - 50% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 29% responded “Important.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
24%Bachelor's degree
22%Master's degree
15%High school diploma or equivalent

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • 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.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $23.36 hourly, $48,590 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 11,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 1,100

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