Why Freelance Technicians Should Enter the AV Industry

10.13.2016, Written by Nora Hartman

As we move further into the digital future, the demand for more engaging communication is spiking a need for new collaborative solutions and the pro-AV industry is stepping up to meet this demand.

Audiovisual solutions have appeared in everything from government operations to everyday corporate and institutional settings as companies have begun to clamor for the newest equipment, innovations, and even installation and maintenance services. Today, organizations rely on AV technology more than ever to facilitate essential communications and engagement, so it’s no surprise that forecasts predict an increase in revenue for the AV industry of over $114 billion this year

Joining the Industry – Freelance AV Technicians

AV technicians are responsible for installing, programming, operating, and maintaining all types of audiovisual equipment in a variety of environments, including learning, exhibition, entertainment, and conferences. The role is becoming increasingly connected with that of an IT technician, as the AV and IT industries move closer together to create a comprehensive user experience.

While AV technicians can find employment in educational facilities, specialist suppliers and exhibitions companies, increasingly versatile career opportunities have begun to arise with the booming outlook of the industry. Freelance technicians can offer their skills to a wide range of companies and organizations based on their own specialties and schedules. Today’s AV technicians not only have the flexibility most businesses crave, but they also have an opportunity to demand an impressive salary – between $44,417 to $61,227 a year. Freelance work may be particularly appealing as competition rises; though, there is still plenty of room for growth in the industries of motion picture, sound recording, higher education, accounting, and legal services.

Earning AV Certifications

Because both demand and competition for AV technicians is rising, it makes sense for aspiring professionals to distinguish themselves through certifications and education. While AV technicians don’t necessarily require a degree to access entry-level positions, a four-year bachelor’s degree or a two-year associate’s degree (in the areas of film, video, or broadcasting) enhances your prospects for advancement and employment. These degree programs cover the basics of AV technology and the systems used, which gives graduates a chance to show off their skills while attempting to step into the industry.

Even though higher-level programs often take more time to complete, the coursework explores deeper issues in AV technology, thereby increasing your opportunity to impress. Sometimes, specializing in a specific area – such as system design, installation, or projection innovation – helps students earn a higher salary, or achieve a better starting position.