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Media Technical Directors/Managers - 27-2012.05

O*NET-SOC Description

Coordinate activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, engineering, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Broadcast Director
  • News Technical Director
  • Newscast Director
  • Operations Director
  • Production Director
  • Production Manager
  • Studio Director
  • Technical Director

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Act as liaisons between engineering and production departments.
  • Collaborate with promotions directors to produce on-air station promotions.
  • Confer with operations directors to formulate and maintain fair and attainable technical policies for programs.
  • Direct technical aspects of newscasts and other productions, checking and switching between video sources and taking responsibility for the on-air product, including camera shots and graphics.
  • Discuss filter options, lens choices, and the visual effects of objects being filmed with photography directors and video operators.
  • Follow instructions from production managers and directors during productions, such as commands for camera cuts, effects, graphics, and takes.
  • Monitor broadcasts to ensure that programs conform to station or network policies and regulations.
  • Observe pictures through monitors and direct camera and video staff concerning shading and composition.
  • Operate equipment to produce programs or broadcast live programs from remote locations.
  • Schedule use of studio and editing facilities for producers and engineering and maintenance staff.
  • Set up and execute video transitions and special effects, such as fades, dissolves, cuts, keys, and supers, using computers to manipulate pictures as necessary.
  • Supervise and assign duties to workers engaged in technical control and production of radio and television programs.
  • Switch between video sources in a studio or on multi-camera remotes, using equipment such as switchers, video slide projectors, and video effects generators.
  • Test equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Train workers in use of equipment, such as switchers, cameras, monitors, microphones, and lights.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Collaborate with others to determine technical details of productions.
  • Coordinate activities of production personnel.
  • Coordinate logistics for productions or events.
  • Create computer-generated graphics or animation.
  • Determine technical requirements of productions or projects.
  • Direct productions or performances.
  • Inspect communications or broadcasting equipment.
  • Manage content of broadcasts or presentations.
  • Monitor broadcasting operations to ensure proper functioning.
  • Operate communications, transmissions, or broadcasting equipment.
  • Operate control consoles for sound, lighting or video.
  • Train others on work processes.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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  • Air Defense Artillery Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Army Astronaut (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Aviation All-Source Intelligence (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Aviation Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Broadcast Operations Director (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Broadcaster (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Chief Public Affairs NCO (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Videographer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Communication Director (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Communication Strategy and Operations Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Communication Strategy and Operations Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Content Developer (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Creative Director (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Information System Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Information Systems Management (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Intermediate Public Affairs Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Photography (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Mass Communications Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Master Photojournalist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Motion Picture and Television Project Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Multi Media Supervisor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Multimedia Director/Producer (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Operational Contract Support Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Mass Communication Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Supervisor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Public Information Specialty (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Radio-Television Program Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • URL - Aviation, Rating Terminated (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Visual Documentation Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Visual Information Manager (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Visual Information Officer (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)
  • Visual Information Operations Chief (Army - Enlisted)
  • Visual Information Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Director, Technical
  • Manager, Production