Potential Career/Occupation Information

Motion Picture Projectionist

Occupation Information table
Overview: Set up and operate motion picture projection and related sound reproduction equipment.
Duties: Insert film into top magazine reel, or thread film through a series of sprockets and guide rollers, attaching the end to a take-up reel. Start projectors and open shutters to project images onto screens. Monitor operations to ensure that standards for sound and image projection quality are met. Operate equipment in order to show films in a number of theaters simultaneously. Splice separate film reels, advertisements, and movie trailers together to form a feature-length presentation on one continuous reel. Inspect movie films to ensure that they are complete and in good condition. Set up and adjust picture projectors and screens to achieve proper size, illumination, and focus of images, and proper volume and tone of sound. Inspect projection equipment prior to operation in order to ensure proper working order. Perform regular maintenance tasks such as rotating or replacing xenon bulbs, cleaning lenses, lubricating machinery, and keeping electrical contacts clean and tight. Remove film splicing in order to prepare films for shipment after showings, and return films to their sources.
Degree(s): A.S. Theatre: Concentrations in Acting or Technical Theatre 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to decline by 2% or more from 2014 to 2024. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.
Education Level: The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Performing routine maintenance and/or repairs on equipment using the appropriate tools.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
  • Watching gauges and any other types of indicators to make sure equipment is running properly.
  • Operating equipment and machinery.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

* For New York green job information .

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.

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