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What is a Sound Engineering Technician?

Sound Engineering Technician Example 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.

A Day in the Life of a Sound Engineering Technician

  • Synchronize and equalize prerecorded dialogue, music, and sound effects with visual action of motion pictures or television productions, using control consoles.
  • Tear down equipment after event completion.
  • Convert video and audio recordings into digital formats for editing or archiving.
  • Create musical instrument digital interface programs for music projects, commercials, or film postproduction.
  • Mix and edit voices, music, and taped sound effects for live performances and for prerecorded events, using sound mixing boards.
  • Separate instruments, vocals, and other sounds, and combine sounds during the mixing or postproduction stage.

What Every Sound Engineering Technician Should Know

When polled, Sound Engineering Technicians say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

  • Sound Assistant
  • Production Engineer
  • Sound Truck Operator
  • Mixing Technician
  • Tape Transferrer

What Kind of Sound Engineering Technician Job Opportunities Are There?

There were about 17,000 jobs for Sound Engineering Technician in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6.5% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,100 new jobs for Sound Engineering Technician by 2026. The BLS estimates 1,700 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Sound Engineering Technician are Washington, Georgia, and Arizona. Watch out if you plan on working in New Mexico, Nebraska, or Minnesota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Sound Engineering Technician

The salary for Sound Engineering Technicians ranges between about $25,680 and $117,600 a year.

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Sound Engineering Technicians who work in Connecticut, Louisiana, or Washington, make the highest salaries.

How much do Sound Engineering Technicians make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $39,140
Colorado $52,990
Connecticut $87,420
District of Columbia $79,410
Florida $56,010
Georgia $62,640
Hawaii $42,230
Illinois $60,500
Iowa $54,020
Kentucky $53,490
Louisiana $88,610
Maryland $51,670
Massachusetts $57,110
Michigan $65,540
Minnesota $42,840
Missouri $48,080
Nevada $57,010
New Jersey $55,570
New York $82,030
North Carolina $51,060
Ohio $48,060
Oregon $43,180
Pennsylvania $45,540
South Carolina $49,210
Tennessee $56,940
Texas $59,810
Utah $30,240
Virginia $53,780
Washington $77,020
Wisconsin $58,930

Tools & Technologies Used by Sound Engineering Technicians

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Sound Engineering Technicians:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Git
  • Data entry software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Linux
  • Facebook
  • UNIX
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Apple macOS
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Suite
  • Microsoft operating system

How do I Become a Sound Engineering Technician?

Individuals working as a Sound Engineering Technician have obtained the following education levels:

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Sound Engineering Technician?

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Where do Sound Engineering Technicians Work?

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The table below shows the approximate number of Sound Engineering Technicians employed by various industries.

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