There are a few friends who are currently looking for work in the world of audio visual. As much as I can I have pointed them in various directions, offered letters of recommendation, and made calls. It sparked an interesting question; how exactly do you get a job in AV? Now, these two AV professionals differ in their experience and locations. One is a design engineer (CTS-D) with some serious programming skills. The other is an IT professional who has found their way into AV. Neither one really wants to relocate.
So, I set out to see what I would do should I find myself out of a job and wanting to continue in this great industry. The options I see are manufacturing, integration, technology manager, and distributor.
From the manufacturing side there are a number of different avenues. If you have the skill set, being on a project team would be incredibly rewarding. You get to see a product from idea through production talking to consultants, integrators, and others along the way. There is the software or programming team. Here you can help develop the interfaces and programs that run these products. The sales team has several facets, but the most forward facing would be the rep. This can be a direct manufacturers rep or working for an independent rep firm.
As an integrator you have a number of options as well. There is always a need for qualified sales people in AV. As a compliment to that, a sales engineer allows you to connect with the clients but also help in the design phase. Programmers have, and will continue to be, an important part of the integrator’s toolbox. What you program may change in the coming years but there will always be a need for programmers. IT staff as well should be on an integrators books. If not as a full time employee, then as a contracted sub with dedicated hours. You also have design engineers, field techs, and operations.
The technology positions will require some design, programming, and installing skills. Most colleges and universities will have at least a small AV staff under their IT department. I have seen AV professionals go from being a tech manager to working for an integration firm, and back the other way as well. It depends on where you are in life and what your needs are.
There are some great resources and job boards out there. I’ll post them at the bottom of this post. If you can think of any others, please post those in the comments.
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