Recording Engineer Career Field

recording engineerRecording engineers or technicians run and repair sound and video recording equipment. They also run the equipment made to create special effects like a bolt of lightning or an ambulance wailing in the background. Engineers who work on television or movie sound effects are called sound mixers or re-record mixers. Most of their work is done after the filming is complete. They fill in the needed sound effects at the backend. Some sound engineers work for news stations where broadcasts are created very quickly and sound must be done on the spot.


Educational Requirements & Licensing Requirements

High School Diploma or Equivalent
Training Diploma or Certification I n Sound Engineering (1 year)

Many recording engineers obtain their training through internships and on the job training. Some also complete vocational training programs that take about one year to complete in sound engineering or sound and video recording. These programs are usually done through a vocational college or trade school.

Educational Courses

Class Recording Equipment
Modern Recording Equipment
Computer Programming
Digital Design
Audio Theory
Digital Audio
Audio Editing

Employment Statistics

Jobs Available In 2008: 19,500
Projected Number job openings in 2018: 20,700
Average annual salary for sound engineering technicians in 2008: $47,490


Great Colleges

ITT Technical Institute
Provo College
DeVry University


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Electrical and electronics installers and repairers
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