Author: John Smith
What is the Audio-Visual Industry?
Audio-visual equipment refers to anything that transmits sound and images. This includes things like televisions, stereos, the cords, cables and wireless transmitters that connect different components, speakers and projectors.
In this highly 'wired' world, the audio-visual industry is virtually exploding. Everywhere you look, you can either watch or listen to something. Many businesses today are choosing to provide audio-visual entertainment for their patrons. Some examples of this are television sets in restaurants and bars, but it doesn\'t end there. Many dentist\'s offices now have a television set, a set of headphones, or both available to patients, in order to provide distraction from the discomfort of dental work. Doctor\'s offices and hospitals often have something to watch while waiting. There are also many barber shops and salons which provide entertainment for their clients during services.
Nearly every business is wired today, and the trend is showing no sign of slowing down. With the advancements in wireless technology, more businesses than ever are beginning to broadcast meetings over the internet, rather than fly people in for a conference. Schools, from grade schools all the way up to institutes of higher education, are incorporating wireless technology into their lesson plans. Some college courses can be taken entirely from home, with the student watching the professor over a live internet broadcast.
A Broad Choice of Jobs
Audio-visual jobs are growing at the same pace as the entire industry. As an audio-visual professional, you can choose to work as an installer, wiring entire schools, office buildings or hospitals with audio-visual equipment. You could become a trainer, educating installers on the proper applications of the latest technology, or educating a newly-wired company on how to make the best use of their new equipment.
Other audio-visual jobs include the design of new equipment. This industry requires a sharp and very technology-oriented mind. Another option is to go into audio-visual sales. This can mean retail sales, selling one-on-one in a store, or high-level sales, selling the equipment necessary to wire an entire building or an entire corporation.
The industries which have shown, and are projected to show, the highest usage of audio-visual equipment are the IT (information technology) industry and the education industry. Many companies within these industries will have a team of dedicated audio-visual professionals on staff to deal with installation and ongoing maintenance of audio-visual equipment.
A strong interest in the industry is an obvious requirement for most audio-visual jobs. However, to become a sought-after audio-visual professional, you\'ll need the proper education and training. Many schools now offer majors in audio-visual components. Once you graduate and begin to find audio-visual jobs, there is an abundance of continuing education to keep up with this rapidly advancing field.
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