In the Air Force:
Premier Band; Regional Band Apprentice, Cornet and Trumpet; Regional Band Apprentice, Saxophone; Regional Band Craftsman, Clarinet; Regional Band Craftsman, Piano; Regional Band Helper, Bassoon; Regional Band Helper, Percussion; Regional Band Journeyman, Baritone and Euphonium; Regional Band Journeyman, Oboe; Signals Intelligence Analyst Apprentice
In the Army:
Combat Documentation/Production Specialist; Intelligence Analyst; Signals Collection Technician; Signals Collector/Analyst; Unit Supply Specialist; Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer
While the stars of popular media may get a lot of the recognition, their appearances are made possible —and optimized— by the work of broadcast and sound engineering technicians. They operate the electrical equipment for radio programs, television broadcasts, concerts, sound recordings, and movies. Audio and video equipment technicians handle equipment such as video screens, video monitors, microphones, and mixing boards. They record meetings, sports events, concerts, and conferences. Broadcast technicians set up and operate equipment that regulates the clarity, signal strength, sound, and color of the broadcasts. They use software to edit audio and video recordings. Sound engineering technicians run equipment that records and mixes music, voices, and sound effects. They work in recording studios, performance venues, and film and stage productions. Audio and video technicians typically work in studios, although some work on location for events or to broadcast news. They also set up systems in schools, hospitals, homes… or other locations. Technicians generally work full time, but schedules may include additional hours for live events or to keep up with production schedules. Radio and TV stations are typically on the air 24/7, so technicians’ hours may run around the clock. Broadcast technicians generally need an associate’s degree, while audio and video equipment technicians, and sound engineering technicians typically need a certificate or related training.
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 such activities as selecting and setting up microphones.
Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording media, using recording equipment.
Engineering and Technology
computers and electronics
product and service development
Arts and Humanities
music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
talking to others
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
communicate by speaking
communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
order or arrange things
notice when problems happen
pay attention to something without being distracted
Hearing and Speech
recognize spoken words
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
You might use software like this on the job:
Operating system software
Music or sound editing software
Adobe Systems Adobe Audition
Musical instrument digital interface MIDI software
Video creation and editing software
Apple Final Cut Pro
high school diploma/GED or certificate after high school usually needed
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