Audio-Visual Collections Specialist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Prepares, plans and operates audio-visual teaching aids for use in education. May record, catalogue and file audio-visual materials.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Professional Support Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Sets up, adjusts, and operates audio-visual equipment, such as cameras, film and slide projectors, and recording equipment, for meetings, events, classes, seminars, and video conferences.
  • Maintains hardware and software, including computers, scanners, color copiers, and color laser printers.
  • Installs audio-visual equipment.
  • Instructs users in the selection, use, and design of audio-visual materials and assists them in the preparation of instructional materials and the rehearsal of presentations.
  • Directs and coordinates activities of assistants and other personnel during production.
  • Plans and prepares audio-visual teaching aids and methods for use in school systems.
  • Determines formats, approaches, content, levels, and mediums necessary to meet production objectives effectively and within budgetary constraints.
  • Performs simple maintenance tasks, such as cleaning monitors and lenses and changing batteries and light bulbs.
  • Acquires, catalogs, and maintains collections of audio-visual material such as films, video- and audio-tapes, photographs, and software programs.
  • Attends conventions and conferences, reads trade journals, and communicates with industry insiders to keep abreast of industry developments.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Multimedia Specialist -- Combines design and technical knowledge to create information and communication technology based products that entertain, educate or inform the user.
  • Audiovisual Production Specialist --