Sound Engineer Careers

Career Overview

Sounds engineers or sound engineer technicians set-up and maintain the equipment used in radio and television broadcasts. Sound engineers are specifically responsible for running the machines that record, synchronize, mix, and reproduce sounds, including voices, music, and sound effects. They often create sounds effects used in sound studios, sports arenas, theatrical productions, and movie and video productions. Competition is very high for jobs in metropolitan areas where the best paying positions are found.

Education Requirements

Vocational Diploma or Certification Program

Job applicants should take math, physics, computer, and electronics courses in high school; computer skills are critical to sound technicians. Licensing is not required to be a sound engineer.

Top Schools for Sound Engineers:

DeVry Institute
Full Sail University
University of Phoenix
The Art Institute
Kaplan University

Career Trends

Average annual salary for sound engineers in 2008: $47,400
Jobs in 2008 for sound engineers: 19,500
Projected employment openings for sound engineers through 2018: 20,700

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