TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Jobs in the television industry go far beyond being on camera.
For Gary Savage, television isn’t just about the glitz and glam.
“Television is growing, it’s not shrinking," he said.
As the Director of Operations and Technology at WTVA, it’s also about connecting wires and crunching numbers.
He said the need for competent and qualified candidates in the TV technology and IT (information technology) career fields are greater than ever.
“We often have difficulty recruiting younger people because they just don’t consider television," Savage said.
Where will the next generation of TV engineers come from?
College degree or not, Savage is encouraging younger generations to consider TV engineering as a new way to utilize their math skills.
“It is good to have some training in it and computers. It’s good if you have some electrical background.”
But the job doesn’t end there.
“Our biggest function is to solve problems," he said. "Look at a complex problem, break the problem into manageable pieces and solve that problem."
Salary possibilities in the TV technology career field range from mid-$30,000 at entry level, all the way up to six figures.
Savage said the rewards of this career go far beyond the money.
“It’s really quite a wide field, and that’s what makes it interesting.”
Savage said if you want to apply for a position in IT or TV technology, you can check WTVA's careers webpage.