Sound Engineering Technicians

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Audio Engineer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, Sound Engineer

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What they do:
Assemble and operate equipment to record, synchronize, mix, edit, or reproduce sound, including music, voices, or sound effects, for theater, video, film, television, podcasts, sporting events, and other productions.
On the job, you would:
  • Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording media, using recording equipment.
  • Confer with producers, performers, and others to determine and achieve the desired sound for a production, such as a musical recording or a film.
  • Separate instruments, vocals, and other sounds, and combine sounds during the mixing or postproduction stage.


Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development


  • multimedia
  • telecommunications


  • customer service
  • management

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


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

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it



  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • order or arrange things
  • create new and original ideas


  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Hearing and Speech

  • tell the difference between sounds


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Operating system software

  • Apple macOS Hot Technology
  • UNIX Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Music or sound editing software

  • Adobe Audition
  • Audio editing software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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