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Sound Engineering Technicians

Also called: Recording Engineer, Audio Engineer, Sound Engineer, Mixer

What they do:
Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.
On the job, you would:
  • Confer with producers, performers, and others to determine and achieve the desired sound for a production, such as a musical recording or a film.
  • Prepare for recording sessions by performing activities such as selecting and setting up microphones.
  • Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording media, using recording equipment.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Communications
  • multimedia
  • telecommunications
Business
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • notice when problems happen
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Hearing and Speech
  • recognize spoken words

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Music or sound editing software
  • Avid Digidesign Pro Tools
  • Avid software
Video creation and editing software
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$46,480
per year, on average
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