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Home Entertainment Installers

Home entertainment installers install electronic equipment such as VCR and DVD equipment, televisions and radios, home theater systems, television dishes, stereo components and video cameras. Home theater systems include a large-screen television and complex surround-sound audio components.

Some sample job titles are home theater installer, electronic technician, television repairman, and satellite installer.

Home entertainment repairers often fix electronic entertainment equipment that doesn't work properly due to defective parts, poor connections or faulty circuits. Home entertainment technicians use a variety of tools and equipment. Some home entertainment installers specialize in a particular type of equipment. Some installers also install home security systems and intercom equipment.

Repair work of home entertainment equipment has become more difficult due to the miniaturization of audio and video recording devices. The components and acceptable tolerances are smaller.

Responsibilities

  • Install, service and repair electronic equipment
  • Tune or adjust equipment in order to obtain optimum auditory or visual reception
  • Teach customers how to use the equipment properly and safely
  • Utilize test instruments to find the problem
  • Talk to customers to determine the nature of the problems
  • Explain repairs to customers
  • Use diagrams to determine which circuits require repairing and how to make the correct electrical connections
  • Keep records of work orders and test and maintenance reports
  • Make service calls to customers' homes

Job Characteristics

Bench technicians work in repair shops and field technicians travel to homes and other settings to fix equipment. Sometimes field technicians may have to take defective parts to a shop for diagnoses and repair. The more difficult repair jobs are often performed in a shop. Since field technicians spend time dealing with customers they should have good communication and problem solving skills.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 3 percent growth from 2006 to 2016 for electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers which is slower than average for all occupations.

Employment growth for home entertainment repairers will occur due to customers purchasing high priced sophisticated digital equipment. If the prices stay high, equipment owners will likely pay to have their equipment repaired. There should also be a demand for installation of complex home entertainment systems.

Technological developments have lowered prices of electronic home entertainment equipment, thus equipment owners often buy new equipment instead of repairing equipment.

Those with experience may become specialists or troubleshooters and assist other technicians diagnose or repair equipment that have difficult problems. Some experienced repairers may move up to a supervisor position.

In 2008 the median annual salary for electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers was $32,080.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Employers typically prefer candidates that have a solid foundation in electronics as well as repair experience. The necessary skills are often acquired by candidates from community colleges and vocational training programs. Candidates may want to look for training schools that provide theoretical education and hands-on-training.

Certification for electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers is offered by various organizations. Repairers can specialize in a variety of areas.

Resources

Major Employers

The top employers are home entertainment equipment manufacturers, home entertainment retail stores, electronic and precision equipment repair shops and wired telecommunications carriers.

Schools for Home Entertainment Equipment Installers And Repairers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 120 $33,630
Birmingham 120 $33,630
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 1420 $46,420
Scottsdale 1420 $46,420
Mesa 1420 $46,420
Tucson 300 $40,480
Prescott N/A $29,510
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jonesboro N/A $34,310
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 790 $40,750
Long Beach 790 $40,750
Los Angeles 790 $40,750
Riverside 330 $45,460
Ontario 330 $45,460
San Bernardino 330 $45,460
Thousand Oaks 120 $31,600
Oxnard 120 $31,600
Ventura 120 $31,600
Stockton 90 $43,580
Lodi 90 $43,580
Santa Rosa N/A $34,920
San Francisco N/A $36,030
Hayward N/A $36,030
Oakland N/A $36,030
Arden N/A $37,500
Roseville N/A $37,500
Sacramento N/A $37,500
Arcade N/A $37,500
Carlsbad N/A $38,930
San Diego N/A $38,930
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 390 $50,290
Aurora 390 $50,290
Denver 390 $50,290
Grand Junction N/A $37,650
Colorado Springs N/A $55,240
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Norwalk 200 $41,600
Stamford 200 $41,600
Bridgeport 200 $41,600
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 860 $39,780
Miami 860 $39,780
Fort Lauderdale 860 $39,780
Jacksonville 310 $37,970
Sanford 190 $43,040
Kissimmee 190 $43,040
Orlando 190 $43,040
Port St. Lucie 100 $34,710
Clearwater N/A $34,840
St. Petersburg N/A $34,840
Tampa N/A $34,840
Titusville N/A $40,620
Melbourne N/A $40,620
Palm Bay N/A $40,620
Cape Coral N/A $44,450
Fort Myers N/A $44,450
Ocala N/A $46,550
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 680 $40,660
Sandy Springs 680 $40,660
Atlanta 680 $40,660
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 110 $33,700
Coeur d'Alene 50 $29,820
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 390 $31,910
Carmel 390 $31,910
Indianapolis 390 $31,910
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids N/A $41,510
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 60 $35,640
Monroe 30 $28,240
Bossier City N/A $25,780
Shreveport N/A $25,780
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson N/A $42,210
Columbia N/A $42,210
Baltimore N/A $42,210
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 180 $49,190
Warren 180 $49,190
Detroit 180 $49,190
Wyoming 150 $30,090
Grand Rapids 150 $30,090
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula N/A $34,820
Biloxi N/A $34,820
Gulfport N/A $34,820
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 280 $47,300
Henderson 280 $47,300
Las Vegas 280 $47,300
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester N/A $35,490
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque N/A $35,910
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheektowaga 50 $34,720
Niagara Falls 50 $34,720
Buffalo 50 $34,720
Troy N/A $46,470
Schenectady N/A $46,470
Albany N/A $46,470
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 480 $29,860
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Toledo N/A $32,290
Akron N/A $33,030
Dayton N/A $34,460
Elyria N/A $36,550
Cleveland N/A $36,550
Columbus N/A $39,090
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lawton 30 $36,850
Oklahoma City N/A $34,170
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 50 N/A
Eugene N/A $30,540
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 60 $29,590
State College 30 N/A
Carlisle N/A $28,730
Harrisburg N/A $28,730
Erie N/A $45,030
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 240 $18,640
Carolina 240 $18,640
San Juan 240 $18,640
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 100 $31,810
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 130 $39,940
Murfreesboro 130 $39,940
Davidson 130 $39,940
Nashville 130 $39,940
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 870 $37,290
Dallas 870 $37,290
Arlington 870 $37,290
El Paso 120 $27,890
Lubbock 120 $28,880
Mission 90 $18,910
McAllen 90 $18,910
Edinburg 90 $18,910
Round Rock N/A $31,930
Austin N/A $31,930
The Woodlands N/A $35,720
Houston N/A $35,720
Sugar Land N/A $35,720
San Antonio N/A $45,740
New Braunfels N/A $45,740
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City N/A $38,650
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 80 $39,630
Burlington 80 $39,630
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roanoke 60 $34,590
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Kennewick 40 $36,290
Richland 40 $36,290
Bellevue N/A $49,840
Seattle N/A $49,840
Tacoma N/A $49,840
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 30 $37,760
West Allis N/A $34,840
Waukesha N/A $34,840
Milwaukee N/A $34,840
Appleton N/A $35,700

Most Popular Industries for :
Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Maintenance And Repair 6,180 28% $31,940
Construction Trades 5,570 26% $33,630
Telecommunications 4,610 21% $32,130
Durable Goods Wholesale 1,040 4% $35,170
Office Services And Staffing 1,040 4% $31,710
Rental And Lease 850 3% $31,970
Media And Broadcasting 370 1% $34,660
Auto And Auto Parts Dealers 340 1% $33,060
Book And Hobby Stores 300 1% $30,090
Professional And Technical Services 220 1% $35,290
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