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Salary Range
€18k - €37k
Career Zone

In Summary - Lighting Technician

Sets up, rigs and controls lighting equipment for shows and events on stage, film or television.

Career Sectors

Lighting Technicians typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Drama & Theatre
Music & Performing Arts

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Further Information

The Work - Lighting Technician

Theatre lighting technicians are responsible for preparing, wiring, operating and maintaining theatre lighting systems and electrical effects. Although they are sometimes known as theatre or stage electricians, they do not have to be qualified electricians.  
 
Theatre lighting technicians work closely with lighting designers. Lighting designers decide where the lights (also referred to as lamps or lanterns) are to be placed, and plot their position on a lighting plan. Using this plan, the technicians fit the lights, place coloured filters or gobos in front of the lights and focus them.  
 
During rehearsals, theatre lighting technicians help lighting designers create special lighting effects and write down lighting cues. Once productions are underway, they check that the lights are working properly and are correctly maintained. They may also help to operate lights.

Interests - Lighting Technician

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Creative

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Qualities

You will need to be highly motivated and have good communication skills. You should also enjoy working within a team, although there may be periods when you will have to work alone and use your own initiative. A good knowledge of health and safety regulations is very important.  
 
The work can be physically demanding as it involves climbing ladders, working at heights and carrying heavy equipment.

Entry Requirements - Lighting Technician

Pay & Salary - Lighting Technician

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €18k - €37k

Entrant: 18 - 25
Experienced: 25 - 37

Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

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