Communications AV Technician
Salary Range Jobs Available
$31,000 - $83,900 9,400+

What Does an AV Technician Do?

Good AV technicians are rarely seen or heard, but their work behind the scenes ensures that a client’s message comes across loud and clear. 

Audio video technicians set up and run the sound and video equipment used to conduct and share live events. That can be anything from video meetings and distance-learning classes to sporting events and conventions. They are essential for all types of businesses and industries.

AV technicians — also called audio visual technicians, AV techs, audio video technicians or audio and video equipment technicians — operate audio and visual equipment including microphones, audio speakers, video screens, projectors, video recorders and other recording equipment, video monitors, and sound and mixing boards. AV technicians may also set up and operate custom lighting systems. They may even do electrical wiring and basic construction.

AV techs work in commercial and residential settings. Both focus on creating the best user experience, but commercial AV techs typically interact with a go-between while residential AV techs, such as the one we profile below, typically interact with the people who will be using the equipment every day. 

It’s helpful when technicians have good customer service skills and are able to work well with different personality types. That makes it easier to focus on the real task: creating memorable audio-visual productions.

Keep on reading to learn what kind of training and education you’ll need, and hear from a pro what it’s like to do this job. 

An AV technician sets up audio and video equipment for a broadcast
Once the broadcast or event has started, much of an AV technician’s work has already been done. If it’s done well, the presentation will be seamless. (Credit: ThisisEngineering RAEng/Unsplash)


  • Set up and operate sound and video equipment
  • Confer with clients to confirm production direction and timing
  • Connect wires and cables
  • Monitor sound and video feeds to ensure quality
  • Test and resolve equipment issues
  • Mix sound inputs and feeds
  • Create and install custom lighting systems
  • Maintain inventory of equipment

How To Become an AV Technician: FAQs

The bottom line:

With a median salary of $50,000 and good demand, this is a stable career. For someone who enjoys traveling and a dynamic work style, this role will satisfy that need plus give you room to grow and learn new technologies. If this sounds like you, check out the training opportunities nearby. (See the box below.) SkillPointe is constantly adding training provider partners to make it easy for anyone to take the first step toward an engaging career. 

Travis Lemon, AV technician

Audio visual technician: A day in the life

Travis Lemon didn’t have any idea that he was even interested in electronics, but when the West Virginia native started selling TVs, that changed. He started delivering and installing them. From there, his career as an AV technician took off.

His favorite part of the job is "delivering the 'Wow' factor." Learn more about what it's like to be an AV technician.

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