John Poray, Society of Broadcast Engineers Executive Director, presented a paper at the NAB in 2012, which cited the “age bubble” as one of the greatest challenges to the broadcast engineering profession. In his paper titled, “The Shortage of Broadcast Engineers – is there, or do we just need to know where to look,?” he compared 2001 SBE membership statistics to 2011. Poray’s paper indicated that in 2001, 33% of SBE members were between ages 45 and 56 while only 16% were between ages 55 and 65.
At the end of 2011, 32% of SBE members who were currently employed were between 45 and 56 years of age. SBE members between 45 and 66 years old made up 65% of membership at that time. Only 8.4% were under age 36.
While many post-secondary colleges and career schools teach broadcast courses, there aren’t so many teaching broadcast engineering classes.