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What does a Lighting Technician do?

A Lighting Technician ensures film, television and stage productions have appropriate lighting. You might control the overall light during production or provide lighting features to suit particular scenes. Lighting technicians may operate equipment such as spotlights or floodlights or carry specialised equipment to settings outside of a stage or studio. You may need to monitor lighting during filming and make adjustments when required.

Lighting Technicians need to be focused and have good attention to detail. It’s important that you can work to a production schedule but also be flexible when required. You’ll be working as part of a larger production crew and will need to communicate and collaborate during production.

Lighting Technician Courses

There are 4 courses available for people who want to become a Lighting Technician.

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How much does a Lighting Technician earn?

In Australia, a full time Lighting Technician generally earns $1150 per week ($59,800 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Lighting Technician?

The number of people working as a Lighting Technician has remained stable over the last five years. There are a small number of people employed in this job role and there are currently 900 Lighting Technicians in Australia. Lighting Technicians may find work in larger towns and cities where productions are based.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Lighting Technician?

If you’re thinking of starting a career as a Lighting Technician you could enrol in a Certificate III in Live Production and Services. You could also consider a Certificate III in Broadcast Technology or a Certificate III in Screen and Media.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within film, tv and production. Click on the occupation for information on the course you should enrol in to start your journey.

Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au.