WHAT THEY DO: Master Control Operators are responsible for operating the recording and playback equipment for live programs, managing commercial breaks in network, and playback of taped shows.
REQUIREMENTS: Many stations are willing to train their entry-level engineering staff to operate equipment. Nonetheless, there are trade schools across the country that provide training in electronic; in addition, the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) has certification programs for each state.
WHAT THEY DO: A production assistant works with all production personnel, to help make the lives of producers easier by handling any and every task assigned.
REQUIREMENT: PA must have excellent organizational skills. The best training for a PA is experience. Internships at a station are an excellent way of getting that experience.
WHAT THEY DO: The production manager assigns announcers, schedules studios, arranges recording sessions, produces commercials, and directs programs.
REQUIREMENTS: Anyone in production must have excellent organizational skills. The production director must understand the nature of broadcasting and bring new ideas to work every day.